Autumn blues: take a closer look

Common earwig (Forficula auricularia) peeking out from under the Echinops

The name earwig is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning “ear creature,” probably because of a widespread ancient superstition that earwigs crawl into the ears of sleeping people. The earwig has a pair of horny forceps-like tail filaments, or pincers, at the posterior end of the abdomen, with those of the male being larger and of a different shape than those of the female. I think this one is a male. I associate them with Dahlias (from my childhood) but I can also tell you they are very fond of the herb basil.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Tina Schell says:

    How would you like to be named earwig ???? Beautiful capture Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Didn’t even see the earwig until I was going through the photos later.

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    I found an earwig in my ear once. I was seven, and had been walking near some climbing roses. And it truly gave the heebie jeebies about these wee beesties ever since. A fine shot of the echinops though, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      So it’s not just a myth then? Urgh… how horrible.

  3. kayrpea61 says:

    Great shot, Jude. I wondered how long you had to wait for the subject to appear 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I never even saw the critter until I was going through the images later! You know me Ken, point and shoot!

  4. That background is superb: what techno-wizardry produced it? So of course is the foreground, and the photographic surprise.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The background is simply the autumn colours of the trees and created by my lovely Olympus lens, zoomed in on to the flower. Nowt to do with me!

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They’ve always freaked me out, Tish has finished me off now! Great shot of the Echinops though 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I didn’t see any last year, but lots this. Mainly munching my basil and that was in the conservatory!

  6. desleyjane says:

    Gorgeous. And lovely little peek.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    Don’t tell me they like basil!! Oh Holy Hell! I HATE earwigs. Now I’ll never look at my beloved basil quite the same way again 😖

  8. BeckyB says:

    Brilliant shot . . .love it when you find something in your own photographs.

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