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Cockroach by Natasha Mhatre

Detested by humans, cockroaches can be surprisingly good parents. Most will produce an egg case (ootheca), but this image taken at the Institute of Science, Bangalore, shows a mother protectively carrying her young (nymphs) under her wings. They will feed on nutrients regurgitated by their mother whose tender care is largely responsible for the success of the species.
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