Earwig is to ant as earwicga is to ǣmete (‘emmet’)….
Old English ēarwicga, from ēare ’ear’ + wicga ’earwig’ (probably related to wiggle); the insect was once thought to crawl into the human ear.
This one was not found in my ear, but rather she was one of a pair found in some imported vegetables (see previous pictures here). When I posted the first image on Google+, Alex Wild pointed out: ”That thing looks seriously pregnant“.
Well, look what I found today….
Earwigs are one of the few insects (outside of the Order Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants) that show maternal care. They will protect the eggs and keep them clean, and after hatching they will continue to watched over until the second molt. Thankfully they are omnivores, so if all goes well, I should be able to keep this group going through to spring. This little mama has given me just the kind of subject I need to keep my ‘eye in’ for macro photography this winter.