Our pet female earwig laid eggs three weeks ago today, and this morning’s inspection of the nest revealed that they had finally hatched. They are cute little fellows, all snuggled up cozily in their little nest with mom resting nearby, pausing for a moment before continuing her maternal duties: feeding, keeping the little tykes washed and fed, and protecting them from predators.
However, this is a unique opportunity for me. Entomologists are always adamant that, to be of value, specimens must be pinned and labeled. So I am going to sacrifice one of the little newborns now before they moult into the second instar phase. It’s all for the sake of science, and there are about 40 of them, so that’s more than enough for me to practice on. (I don’t have much experience pinning live insects.) Anyhow, below is the pin, quite small in comparison to the dime. I found a few of these in my mother’s old sewing basket and they should do just fine.
I hope to give mom earwig the same treatment later, but below is the result of my first attempts at baby earwig pinning. You’ll be pleased to know it only took 16 tries!
(No earwigglers were harmed in the making of this blog post, and yes, I know that is not an insect pin. Sheesh!)