Teachers were left seeing double as nine sets of twins prepared to start their first day of school in Inverclyde.
The children, all aged four and five, will all start at primary schools across the council area – with one school set to welcome three sets of the twins.
Inverclyde has a history of having the highest number of twins in the classroom after a record breaking 19 pairs started school in the area in 2015.
Last year 16 sets of twins started primary school at the same time in the council area.
This year 16 pairs were eligible to start school, but the parents of seven sets decided to defer their children’s start until next year.
Provost Martin Brennan said: “I am constantly surprised at the high number of twins we have heading for primary school every year.
“It often runs into double-figures.
“This year would have followed that trend apart from a number of parents deciding to defer their children’s school start until 2021.
‘I am constantly surprised at the high number of twins we have heading for primary school every year.’Provost Martin Brennan
“As a former teacher, I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome them as they prepare to join their new classmates in their new schools.”
The rate of multiple births in 2015 – when all of this year’s twins were born – was 2.25% compared to the Sottish average of 1.15%.
The children will start primary school at St Patricks, St Francis’, Whinhill, Lady Alice and Craigmarloch.
Three sets of twins will all start Newark Primary school.
Councillor Jim Clocherty, convener of Inverclyde Council’s Education and Communities Committee, said: “The twins photo has become very much a traditional part of the first day at school for many local parents.
“Clearly, though the twins who start school on Wednesday will be facing a very different school environment than last year.
“We have done our utmost to make sure our schools are safe and welcoming for our new pupils.
“Hand sanitiser stations have been installed throughout our schools along with one-way systems and social distancing where required.
“It will be a different first day and a different school experience but I’m certain it will still be a rewarding one which leads to a successful and enjoyable school career.”