Cannibalism in the mud and Dipper day
Had waited to post the ID of the "Earwig" as I did not think after looking at the photos it was one.
So posted the photos on Ispot, have had many views but one person has come back saying it might be a ground beetle larvae, I think it looks like a Carabid beetle larvae.
On Nature Spot it says this about them...
Whilst most adult Carabidae (ground beetles) are readily identifiable, the larval
stage is not well documented and even with a specimen available, it is unlikely
that you would find an expert with the skills and reference materials to identify
it to species level. Our aim therefore is to illustrate Carabidae larvae just to
inform users of the general appearance.
I will leave the notes in for Earwig as you can read about them too
This morning my hubby found this worm and (Carabid beetle larvae) having a battle,
the larvae had attached it's self to the tip of the worm and was trying to bite it's way through the worm.
The worm tried to escape down the cracks of the flags, but the larvae still managed to hold on and eventually nipped the end of the worm off.
You can see the end of the worm in the larvae pincers.
(.....Earwigs are generally nocturnal, and seek out dark cracks and crevices to rest during the day. They are mainly vegetarian scavengers, but will eat carrion and other insects.
Although they have wings, earwigs are usually reluctant to fly. Unlike most insects, a female earwig is a good mother. She lays 20-30 eggs and protects them through the winter. When they hatch, she feeds and tends the nymphs until they are able to fend for themselves.....)
To day we were visiting my family in Settle, but first we called at Hellifield Flash, this is a good place to see water birds. the weather here was low and the light was very flat , not good for taking photos, but well worth a visit.
On the water there was a large flock of Lapwings and Mallards,Pochard,Wigeon and Shelducks.
The River Ribble, runs round the edge of Settle, and when we were kids living at Langcliffe the river was just over our garden wall, the section that runs past Settle high school is a good spot for Dippers.
Three were seen to day., We watched them swimming in the river and feeding.
On the river there was two Oystercatchers, they are quite common on the river now.