Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

How do cockroach eggs hatch?

Watch more with these video collections:

“These two sequences of baby roaches hatching from their egg cases have to be some of the squirmiest bits of insect footage I’ve ever captured,” explains Ant Lab filmmaker and research biologist Dr. Adrian Smith.

But it’s also super fascinating: See cockroach nymphs emerge from their cockroach egg cases in this rare macro time-lapse footage.

hatching cockroaches
Smith filmed two species: an American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) and a German cockroach (Blattella germanica). In both kinds of eggs, the wingless translucent nymphs are “packed in, shoulder-to-shoulder.”

“In the sequences I collected, about an hour before hatching the egg case starts quivering as the roaches squirm around inside. When they’ve wiggled enough, finally the keel breaks open and they all shimmy their way out.”

american cockroach egg
german cockroach nymphs
Watch more Ant Lab on YouTube, see clips on Adrian Smith’s Instagram, or watch more Ant Lab on TKSST.

Then watch these handpicked videos:
The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas
The Unseen Incredibleness of Mealworms
Hatching stink bugs, a Macro Story time-lapse
• Ladybug, from an egg to first flight
• A critically-endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Weevils, katydids, an assassin bug, & other insects fly in slow-mo

Rion Nakaya

The Unseen Incredibleness of Mealworms

Rion Nakaya

The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas

Rion Nakaya

The Leaproach

Rion Nakaya

Sting, prey, raft: The successful behaviors of red imported fire ants

Rion Nakaya

Six tropical butterflies take off in slow-motion

Rion Nakaya

Seven spectacular moths filmed taking off at 6,000 fps

Rion Nakaya

Mudbugs: Digging for burrowing crayfish

Rion Nakaya

Moths and Beetles: 12 species in slow-motion flight

Rion Nakaya