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Order Dermaptera: the earwigs — Examples

Earwig, probably genus <i>Diplatys</i>, (Order Dermaptera)
Earwig nymph (immature), probably genus Diplatys, Order Dermaptera (the earwigs).
Photographed and identified by to order by: Liew Tze Seong. Identified to genus by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Malaysia. Date: 8 January 2017. Says Seong, “I also noticed that there’s another insect which looked similar but only bigger, and its tail is like a pincer-like, which it raises like a scorpion pose. I think this may be the adult.”
Earwig, probably genus <i>Diplatys</i>, (Order Dermaptera)
Earwig nymph (immature), probably genus Diplatys, Order Dermaptera (the earwigs).
Photographed and identified by to order by: Liew Tze Seong. Identified to genus by: KnowYourInsects.org. This one had KnowYourInsects stumped for a while, as we had never seen an earwig larva with such amazingly long cerci (“tails”)! Location: Malaysia. Date: 8 January 2017.
Earwig, probably genus <i>Diplatys</i>, (Order Dermaptera)
Earwig, probably genus Diplatys, Order Dermaptera (the earwigs).
□ This is the adult of the nymphs in the previous photos. The cerci are much shorter in the adult.
Photographed and identified by to order by: Liew Tze Seong. Identified to genus by: KnowYourInsects.org. Thank you, Liew, for sending in a photo of the nymph and the adult! Location: Malaysia. Date: 8 January 2017.
European Earwig
European Earwig, also known as Common Earwig, Forficula auricularia, family Forficulidae (the short-winged earwigs)
□ This is a male European Earwig. The male has the large, curved forceps (the pincer-looking things at the end of the abdomen). The female’s pincers are straight and much less robust.
Photographed by Gary Villegas. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA. Date: 23 June 2017. Gary says, “The earwig was found on my backyard table.... I am so excited to know that there’s a website where I can go and identify all my bugs in my yard.” KnowYourInsects.org replies, “And we are so excited to find people like you who are intrigued by insects!”
European Earwig
European Earwig, also known as Common Earwig, male, Forficula auricularia, family Forficulidae (the short-winged earwigs)
□ This male European Earwig is white because it is newly molted. Its color will darken until it looks like the previous photo.
Photographed and identified by Leslie Mertz. Location: Otsego Township (south of Gaylord), Michigan, USA. Date: 14 July 2017. Leslie says, “It was just peeking out of a crevice between a sign and signpost, and the white color caught my attention.”
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