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Earwig(Dermaptera)
Earwig(Dermaptera)

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.

Information

Name

Common Name: Earwig
Scientific Name: Dermaptera

Scientific Classification 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dermaptera
Family: Dermaptera
Genus: ‎‎‎‎Forficula
Group: Insect
Number of Species: 2000
Conservation Status: Not extinct

Living & Habitat

Living Locations: Worldwide
Habitat: Caves, Houses, Dry places, Woods

Physical Classification

Color: Dark Brown
Skin Type: Shell
Weight: 2 g to 5 g (Approx)
Size: 5 mm to 50 mm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 0.7 km/h (Approx)

Diet

Diet: Omnivore
Favorite Food: Plants, Ripe fruit
PredatorBirds, Frog, Lizard 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle: Solitary 
Lifespan: Up to 2 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 3 Months
Incubation Period: 7 days
Average Litter Size: 50
Age of Weaning: 6 to 7 Weeks

Facts

  • 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.

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