Earwig found under plant pot. I think it is a female tending her eggs
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Great to see this image of parental care. It's definitely a female sticking close to her eggs. I've known about this "subsocial" behaviour for a long time but have never seen it. This link http://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/BugofMonth24.html gives a nice description of how they keep the eggs clean, move them around, pile them up, whatever, to make sure they stay mould free. When the nymphs hatch she even brings food to them/ regurgitates food for them until they can forage for themselves.
Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.
Thank you for the link, nice to contrast the engraving with my photograph. It makes you appreciate the digital camera, how many of us would have the skills to produce such illustrations of our observations.
Glad you enjoyed the link... Yes, same behaviour, very different ways of recording it. The digital camera really has revolutionised what's possible for many people to capture and they're getting better all the time... I used to shoot on film, but my output and the range of things I can photograph has multiplied and there are lots more boundaries to push!
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