Consider instead this sweeter and scientific view: for an insect, an earwig mama is unusually attentive. She regularly turns and cleans her eggs. And if the young are threatened, she'll defend them with opened pincers, or pick them up in her mouth and move them. She continues to guard her babies after they hatch, bringing food and frantically gathering them if they disperse. However, after a week or two they are strongly motivated to leave when she develops a tendency to eat them. An earwig's mother love only extends so far.
|You can recognize the gender of earwigs by their pincers.|
Males' pincers are curved; females (like this one) have
straighter pincers. Impress your friends with this knowledge!