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Order - DERMAPTERA Common species is Forficula auricularia


  • 9/16"–7/8" long with forceps at the hind end.

  • Forceps are curved in the male and straight in the female.

  • Dark brown in colour.


  • Female lays around 30 eggs are laid in soil.

  • Female looks after eggs and young until they are ready to disperse.

  • One generation per year.


  • Adults are nocturnal and seek crevices and cavities for harbourage.

  • Earwigs are harmless although forceps can give a slight nip.

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