EarwigScientific name: Order Dermaptera Intermediate indicator graphic

Facts: Earwigs have the front wings shortened and leathery. The hind wings are folded under them. They fly readily even though the wings are hidden when you first seen them. The cerci (or pincers) at the end of the abdomen is an important character for recognition. Some earwigs are nearly 1 to 1 1/2 inches long but other species are smaller.

Earwigs are occassionally pests in gardens and crops. However, they are best known as a nuisance in and around homes. They emit a disagreeable odor when crushed. Common Texas species are predaceous, capturing smaller arthropods with large pincers located at the end of their abdomen and devouring them with their chewing mouthparts.


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