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mama and babies - Forficula auricularia - female

mama and babies - Forficula auricularia - Female
Cool, El Dorado County, California, USA
March 6, 2005
The adult is no doubt the mother. Mother earwigs lay a batch of eggs, drive the male away, and stay with the eggs through hatching and early nymph stage, if not longer. Earwigs do not have a larval stage.

A great family scene, nice documentation of some important natural history. I see one of the nymph's cast skins is in the scene too.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Maybe fresh hatchling
Thank you Stephen. Even though I've had these pictures for a few months, I didn't know the natural history of earwigs till today, when I read about them on a Web site.

If by "cast skin" you refer to the white shape, I think it is either a freshly moulted nymph or a fresh hatchling. It takes awhile for their color to appear. I've got other images from same family in which the white things appear to be whole insects rather than shed skins.

it is at a very odd angle for a live nymph so you might well be right about this one.

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