Respectful Insolence

Cockroach dance?

I don’t know why, but I found this endlessly fascinating. Just click on one, and watch what happens. Do it again, and it gets even more complicated.

Well, it’s good for a few minutes’ diversion, anyway.

Comments

  1. #1 JScarry
    September 9, 2007

    Drag one off to the side and the others follow.

  2. #2 fusilier
    September 10, 2007

    I got WebSense blocked. Apparently the common name for Periplaneta americana is a naughty.

    [grumble]stupid IT Nazis[/grumble]

    fusilier
    James 2:24

  3. #3 Bryn
    September 10, 2007

    Okay, now I’m worried. I spent way too much time playing with that. Curse you, Orac, for knowing a geeks one weakness–odd toys.

  4. #4 Patrick
    September 11, 2007

    They play follow the leader, but the behavior is a little more complex than that, since the shape of the endless chain of roaches will change over time to get rid of small loops and the like. I can’t figure out what other simple behavioral trait would make the shape of the path change.

  5. #5 Deech56
    September 11, 2007

    Careful venturing away from that entry – the rest is mos def NSFW.

    Sometimes if you pull the roaches into corners, little gaps in the line open up. I think they seem more worried.

  6. #6 Graculus
    September 11, 2007

    I got WebSense blocked. Apparently the common name for Periplaneta americana is a naughty.

    What are they blocking, “cock” or “roach”?

    The DEA flagged a primetime broadcast CBC clip on Youtube because Canadian humour is not properly hysterical about marijauna (a Rick Mercer segment with Pierre Burton).