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Facts About Earwigs

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Earwigs

Earwig

  • Scientific Name: Dermaptera
  • One of the smaller insects, between 1,800-2,000 different species in 12 different families.
  • Many Earwigs have two long pinchers at their tail end which are used during courtship, defense, to capture prey, and unfold their hind wings.
  • Their fore wings are short and their hind wings are used for flying. Some species do not have wings at all.
  • Are nocturnal.
  • Found on every continent except for Antarctica.
  • For most females, after they lay their eggs their parental responsibility is completed. Some, though, will clean their eggs to prevent fungal build up and defend the young from predators.
  • As the young grow, they go through six “molts.”
  • They typically hide during the day in places such as; compost/soil, at the base of leaves, in debris, tree holes or in cracks of walls.
  • They feed upon flowers, leaves, fruits, aphids, spiders, insect eggs and mold.
  • They can grow to be the size of 0.75 inches or 20 mm.

 

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Myth

According to a common myth, earwigs crawl into the ears of people sleeping outdoors, and then burrow into their brains and kill them! This is FALSE! There is no scientific evidence that Earwigs are attracted to peoples ears. Although, they DO smell like earwax.