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Native Australian Earwig ♀

Gonolabis michaelseni


Long body ranging in colour from redis brown (on the head area) to a more black colour (on the abdomen). They have 6 legs and 2 distinctive feelers infront, and this one was about 1-1/2cm long.


Earwigs may be found in protected, moist environments in leaf litter and all kinds of debris on the ground, under bark, under stones, between leaves and some even inhabit crevices at the base of tightly packed and overlapping leaves of Pandanus. Earwigs are usually nocturnal and attracted to lights at night.


This one was on the pavers in my backyard hiding under some grass that was over growing it. I think this one is a female, doe to the shape of the pincers. On a male they are lager and more round.

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DaneCole 9 years ago

not a big fan, but they seem to be a very diverse family of bugs around the world. we have them here in Canada also, though i don't know if their native or a European. I'll have to look into that next spring/summer.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Interesting. Thanks for posting both the European and Native earwig. It really helps compare and contrast. :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Good job identifying this one.

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Grange, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2012
Submitted on Oct 20, 2012

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