I love this fundraising campaign from the Bronx Zoo:

Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt. Roaches are forever.
Limited-time Valentine’s Day offer

Can’t decide on what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day? Sometimes the answer is all around us, and right where it’s been for millions of years—like cockroaches! How better to express your appreciation for that special someone than to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after them?

…WCS’s Bronx Zoo has 58,000 of these brown, iridescent beauties, and they need names.  With a $10 donation, one of them can be named by you. How sweet!

We’ll send a truly memorable certificate of honor to that certain someone explaining that there’s a special insect living at the Bronx Zoo with his or her name on it.


And why do I never think of these sorts of schemes??

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Cause you’re not quite that deranged. You’re close though and that’s why I like you!

  2. I love this!!!! Who needs flowers that dry up and have to be thrown away or chocolate that goes straight to the hips…..a hisser named after me is way cooler!

  3. Shucks, I thought they were selling Madagascars! (Though given both their social and prolific tendencies, one is better off with a same-sex pair, less you be inundated with gazillions of the cute wee buggers.)

  4. P.S. I needs chocolate!

    (dark. with fruit and/or nuts)

  5. Brilliant. Now someone needs to think of a poem.
    Roses are red, violets are blue, cockroaches are…

  6. Roses are red,
    Violets are blue
    Roaches are brown,
    And lovers, too.

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