Name a cockroach after someone you love or hate


February 14, 2022

Photo: Liudmila Chernetska/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Photo: Liudmila Chernetska/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Want to show someone some extra love this Valentine’s Day? Maybe not in the mood for the day at all?

The Bronx Zoo in New York is letting people name a Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) after someone they love, while The Florida Aquarium is letting people name one after an ex or someone else who has wronged you.

For $15 at the Bronx Zoo, you can name a hissing cockroach after your loved one, which is complete with a digital certificate.

The zoo’s Name a Roach program is in its 11th year, according to NPR. It also includes 15-minute virtual encounters with the hissing insects, as well as socks and hats with cockroach designs.

As the zoo’s website says, name a roach for your Valentine “because roaches are forever.”

For those not celebrating Valentine’s Day, The Florida Aquarium will let you name a cockroach, and you also get a commemorative certificate and photo of the cockroach for a $10 donation.

The Valentine’s Day campaign promises not to “Hiss and Tell.” When you donate to name a cockroach, you can “send along a message with words you wish you had said or your funny revenge confession! Amusing, family-friendly confessions will be posted with anonymity on The Florida Aquarium’s social media,” according to the website.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are the world’s largest cockroach species. They emit a hissing noise as a defense mechanism. Unlike most other roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.

Would you name a cockroach after someone you love or an ex? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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