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Unkwn Earwig



This insect was about 1.3 cm long and reddish brown in color. I has proportionately long antenna and possessed of two short tail appendages. I would guess it is in the earwig family, but the tail appendages doesn't match. I'd appreciate help with this one.


We 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.

No species ID suggestions


Tukup 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

Check out earwigs (Dermaptera)

Shell, Pastaza, Ecuador

Lat: -1.50, Long: -78.05

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

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