My dear little goose, Yan - sitting tight on her beautiful downy nest keeping her eggs warm. The name Yan comes from the old Celtic way of counting sheep, Yan (one), Tan (two), Tethera (three), Methera (four), Pimp (five) etc. She was the first, and only, gosling of my goose and gander last year.
Talking of sheep, this hard-working mother and her triplets.
And this female, who defends her nest vigorously. The mother earwig lays eggs in a tunnel, or hole in spring and actively busies herself with them, cleaning them often and regularly re-piling them. She may move them to different parts of the tunnel and eggs are often moved in contact with stone, if the nest is near to a stone surface.
These and other fascinating earwig facts courtesy Louise Kulzer
After the eggs hatch the nymphs remain in the nest for some time being fed by the mother. She brings meals back to the nest and regurgitates food for her young. Multiple broods are typical for this amazing mother.