We don’t often think of insects as moms, probably because so many species simply drop their eggs and walk away.

This week we found one of the exceptions to this rule.


We found several earwig moms under bricks in the yard. They had each made a tunnel and laid eggs.


This one left for a minute when I disturbed her by taking her photo, leaving the eggs exposed for a moment. She came right back and I covered her up again.


Hopefully she’ll be able to produce some young nymphs as the mother under a nearby rock had done. The nymphs stay with their mothers for awhile.

Earwig mothers just in time for Mother’s Day 🙂

For more information about earwigs:

Earlier post

Earwigs (Blastoff! Readers: World of Insects) by Colleen Sexton

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