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European Earwig

Forficula auricularia


Forficula auricularia, the common earwig or European earwig, is an omnivorous insect in the family Forficulidae. The European earwig is a common household insect in North America. Though they frighten many, they are harmless but tend to take up habitation within the home. The name "earwig" comes from the rumor that these insects crawl into human ears and enter the brain, but this is false. However, there have been cases of earwigs wandering into ears by mistake. F. auricularia is a species that nurses their young and has survived in a variety of environments. From Wikipedia

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Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Jun 22, 2012
Submitted on Jun 24, 2012

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