Sunday, November 27, 2011

A quick game of hide and seek

Laurie found an earwig for me. I chilled her* in the fridge, and photographed her on an ice pack. Not good enough.

First photo, while she was still sleepy.

A few seconds later, awake and cleaning her antennae, preparing to run.

A couple of stretches, and she took off running, out of sight in a second. I couldn't find her anywhere, so I put away the camera, the lights, and the ice pack. When that was done, she sauntered out from under the computer. Grrrrr!

I put her in a flat plastic container and tried again.

A brief pause to look at the camera. Then back to running, taking shelter under scratches on the plastic.

I gave up. She's been sent out to play in the rain.
*The forceps (cerci) are unequal in length in the males. Earwig female forceps are (more or less) straight-sided, whereas male forceps are strongly curved (caliper-like) and larger. (From here. My addition, in italics.)

1 comment:

  1. Just amazing photos, all.

    We're anticipating freezing rain today. sigh
    Cheers from Cottage Country!


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