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Why red cockroaches called "beetles"?

In the XVIII century Russia was at war with Prussia in its territory and won a number of victories. However, this resulted in a mass migration of European cockroaches in St. Petersburg, Moscow and many other cities. The fact that Russian soldiers, of course, been in the Prussian pubs and taverns, where these insects were found in abundance. They climbed in marching soldiers ' backpacks, and were eventually to Russia, where before they were not. It is clear that foreign guests immediately dubbed "the beetles".


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