It was not a happy moment. Three earwigs were extracted from the back yard and put into a glass jar. I tried to take their photo, but they just wouldn’t remain still, not even for a second. I finally got this idea, to stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. After several attempts of 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes in the freezer, I still wanted them to move slower. I put the earwigs in the freezer and watched an episode of “Breaking Bad” (HBO TV series). When I pulled the earwigs out of the freezer, they were dead.
You can see moisture on the pincher bugs back. The bugs legs folded under their body, a trait I have seen from other insects when they die.
Both of these photos were assembled using the “focus stacking” technique. I think it was 11 photos each.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens