Six-legged does an inverse Houdini
July 29, 2011 12:48 PM Subscribe
[Animals-in-unexpected-places-filter] This morning, preparing breakfast, we found an earwig INSIDE AN EGG. How did it get there? Egg was laid in the past couple of days by one of our chickens in the back yard. Shell was intact. Earwig was dead, somewhat bloated (from being in the egg white for too long I guess).
posted by gijsvs to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Answers to expected counterquestions:
- Yes, it definitely was an earwig. The egg was not fertilized: no rooster, and I can tell the difference between an insect and a chick embryo.
- Yes, we ate the egg, after removing the earwig. It was the fourth egg to go in the pan when we found it and in the consternation we could not decide in which one it was. No use throwing out four eggs because of a harmless stowaway in one of 'em.