This morning I moved a little wicker tray from the kitchen countertop and an earwig scuttled out.
It moved quite fast and when I searched for it in order to persuade it to decamp outside it had disappeared, goodness knows where.
There followed a frantic cleaning session in case we had an unwanted infestation but found nothing untoward.
It probably came in with some of the fruit and vegetables brought up from the garden.
I am not keen on the little blighters so shall be keeping an eye out for the next few days.
The episode prompted me to look up the reason why they are called earwigs as it seems a strange name. It is apparently derived from an old English term for an ear beetle as its rear wings were supposed to resemble a human ear when folded. Fancy that.