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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:21 am    Post subject: Earwig, formal portrait Reply with quote



Nothing special here -- I just always wondered what these guys looked like up close.

I'm a bit puzzled by the mouthparts, but that'll have to wait til tomorrow. It's time for bed...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Looks like he was made of honey. Very Happy These guys always brings cutlery with themselves. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stacking job Rik. we never pay too much attention to the front of earwigs. They have chewing-type mouthparts and Earwigs are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of food. They will eat live or dead insects as well as live or decaying vegetation. About the brain thing...I think it was twilight zone or Outer limits that had that show where the wife had someone put the earwig in her husbands ear but the henchman put it into the wifes boyfriends ear by mistake (she was trying to kill her husband). The boyfriend was in agonizing pain as the earwig tunneled through the brain but somehow exited out the other side. Shocked but at the end of the show, the doctor tells him it was a female that had laid thousands of eggs in his brain "I never forgot that show"
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Doug, what puzzles me about the mouthparts is that when I glanced at one of these critters under my low power stereo 'scope, I thought that what I'd see in this view was an uninterrupted plate over the mandibles, with the various palps sticking out from underneath. Given that assumption, I can't explain what looks like a dark toothed structure on the right. And since I'm, oh, about 3000 miles away from the bug at the moment, it's going to have to remain a mystery for a while. I guess that's OK, though. I thrive on mysteries... Rolling Eyes

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