Earwig ReSources

How To Identify Earwigs

Earwigs are easily recognizable by their unique physical characteristics. These insects typically measure between 5 to 25 millimeters in length, with slender, elongated bodies. Their most distinctive feature is the pair of forceps-like appendages at the end of their abdomen, known as cerci or pincers. These pincers can vary in size and shape between species but are used primarily for defense and mating. Earwigs also have a pair of membranous wings folded underneath protective forewings, although many species are poor or non-fliers. Their coloration varies but often includes shades of brown or black, occasionally with reddish or yellowish hues. Earwigs also have a pair of prominent antennae on their heads and a segmented, cylindrical body with a flattened appearance. These unique physical traits make earwigs easily distinguishable from other insects.

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