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Unkwn Earwig



This insect was about 1.3 cm long and reddish brown in color. It has proportionately long antenna and possessed of two short tail appendages. I would guess it is in the earwig family.


I found this insect on the kitchen counter in the town of Shell in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador. It was calm until I got the camera and then went fast like lightening to get under the cupboard. Camera shy, I guess


This has been a puzzler. I was thinking earwig or some member of the order Archaeognatha. However in all these, the tail appendages don't match my photo. I believe I will go with Leuba's suggestion of an earwig (Dermaptera) and leave any further classification to the experts.

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Tukup a year ago

Thanks Leuba. I think I will go with that although I can't take it any further. The cerci are much shorter in my fotos than what is shown online and I don't see any identification hints to differentiate the 1800 species or even what species are found where. Thanks again.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Check out earwigs (Dermaptera)

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Shell, Pastaza, Ecuador

Lat: -1.50, Long: -78.05

Spotted on Mar 3, 2019
Submitted on Mar 4, 2019

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