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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Drops* [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-21 18:18
Viewed: 4969
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This twitchbell or earwig was trying to hide for the rain and didn't quite seem to fit into the flower.

The name originates from the superstition that earwigs crawl into the ears of sleeping persons and bore into the brain. Although earwigs appear somewhat dangerous due to their forceps, they are practically harmless to man.
Earwigs vary in size from 1/2-1" in length, they are brown to black in color. Species may be winged or wingless. Only a few species are good fliers. The body terminates in a pair of forceps. These forceps or pincers are the earwig's most distinctive characteristic. The forceps are used in capturing prey and mating.

What do they feed on?

Earwigs are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of food. They will eat live or dead insects as well as live or decaying vegetation.

Why are they economically important?

Earwigs can cause damage to cultivated plants. They can be a nuisance when they migrate indoors. Migrations of earwigs numbering in the 100's have been reported. They seldom become established indoors. Some species will emit a foul odor. Earwigs can be of value as predators of certain insect pests.

Where can they be found?

Earwigs are nocturnal. During the day they will be found in moist shady places, under wood piles, stones, boards, compost piles, flower beds, and other secluded locations. When earwigs migrate indoors, they hide in cracks and crevices around baseboards and other locations. They may be found in potted plants and cut flowers.

About the photo:
I took this photo with the 100mm macro lens attached to extension tubes. Fill flash was used from the side of the camera.

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This is a very interesting composition Mike with very good impact. Excellent photo quality with great light, colors, DOF and details. Great use of fill to bring out those details. I've never used extension tubes myself..yet!
Excellent note - Very well done, Thank You!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-21 20:22]

A very good work, Mike. Thank you.

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  • cosci Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 14 W: 15 N: 3] (110)
  • [2005-09-22 1:51]

wow,great picture, mike !
Great colors, light and details !

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  • lukdm Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 7] (165)
  • [2005-09-22 5:28]

schitterende foto Mike

Great shot Mike,
Very busy few days for me, so I'm afraid a short visit!!
No time to read notes, but enough time to enjoy your post.Well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Mike,
this is realy wonderful.
The colours, the funny back of the earwick, I like it. The highlight are the waterdrops.
They make it so special.
Also excellent DOF and POV, a perfect shot, congratulations, I like it very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-24 8:43]

What a superb and interesting close-up that you have well done ! This earwig hidden is funny. The flower colors are nice and droplets are lovely ! Thanks for sharing Mike.

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