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National Insect Week returns in 2022

Earwigs

ORDER: DERMAPTERA

(Ancient Greek - derma = skin ; pteron = wing)

Found under rocks in most gardens, elongate and dorso-ventrally flattened

Insects in this order

  • Common earwig

    © Roger Key Forficula auricularia female Earwigs are well-known and distinctive insects, with thread-like antennae, short leathery wing-cases at the front of the slender clearly-segmented abdomen, and a pair of conspicuous pincers at their tail end. There are just seven species of earwigs in...

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