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Earwigs (Dermaptera)

Earwigs have membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings, hence the literal name of the order, "skin wings". The abdomen extends well beyond the wings, usually ending in a pair of forceps-like structures termed cerci. Earwig is derived from Old English are "ear" and wicga, "insect". It is possible they might crawl into a human ear canal, but unlikely, and they certainly do not burrow into the human brain via the ear. The forceps tend to be more curved in males than in females.


Forficula auricularia (European Earwig)
Forficula auricularia, the European or common earwig, feeds on other insects, plants, ripe fruit, and garbage. There are also about a hundred native...