Earwings(Dermaptera) are well-known insects Earwigs are among the most readily recognized insect pests in home gardens. An earwig is an insect with two antennae, six legs, three body parts, and a formidable set of pincers on the end of its abdomen. Earwings has more than 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders.
Common Name: EarwigScientific Name: Dermaptera
Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: DermapteraFamily: DermapteraGenus: ForficulaGroup: InsectNumber of Species: 2000Conservation Status: Not extinct
Living & Habitat
- There are nearly 2,000 species of earwigs across the world.
- Earwigs have an average lifespan of one year. The mating season for earwigs is in autumn and winter, with eggs typically hatched in the spring.
- Earwig season typically takes place in late spring and early summer. In the colder, winter months, earwigs will stay underground until the ground begins to warm.
- Earwigs have two pairs of wings on their body, the fore-wings, and the hind-wings. The fore-wings provide a sort of cover for their hind-wings, as they are a short leathery plate. The hind-wings are a very thin fan-like structure that folds under the hind-wings and comes out for short variations of flight. Earwigs do technically have the capability to fly, but it is a rare occurrence in which an earwig does take flight. In those instances, they are often done in very short bursts.
- Earwigs have numerous predators that like to feed on them. Common creatures around the home that like to prey on earwigs include birds, lizards, frogs, centipedes, spiders, and yellow jackets.