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European Earwig

Forficula auricularia


An earwig (?) guarding baby earwigs?

1 species ID suggestions


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

It means they have recently molted/hatched, and have yet to develop a hard exoskeleton.

batex 5 years ago

Just one question… why are the babies white?

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Great spotting batex and you managed to get the irridescence of the earwig in too...just don't think I want one in my ear though ha :-)

batex 5 years ago

Thanks Jacob!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Awesome! You have indeed seen the brooding behavior of earwigs. The adult is most likely a female. This would be a wonderful addition to the "Brooding behavior in insects and other invertebrates" mission:

Sevierville, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.85, Long: -83.52

Spotted on Mar 23, 2013
Submitted on Mar 23, 2013

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