Weather-resistant cockroach species discovered in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) - A cockroach possessing powers to withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the United States has invaded New York City.

Rutgers University insect biologists say the species is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now.

They suspect the little critter was likely a stowaway in the soil from ornamental plants. The newcomer was first spotted in New York in 2012 by an exterminator working on the High Line, an elevated park, on Manhattan's West Side.

The scientists say while it is too soon to predict the impact, there is probably little cause for concern.

The Associated Press

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