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National Insect Week returns in 2018

Earwigs

ORDER: DERMAPTERA

(Ancient Greek - derma = skin ; pteron = wing)

Found under rocks in most gardens, elongate and dorso-ventrally flattened

Insects in this order

  • Common earwig

    Earwigs are well-known and distinctive insects, with thread-like antennae, short leathery wing-cases at the front of the slender clearly-segmented abdomen, and a pair of conspicuous pincers at their tail end. There are just seven species of earwigs in the UK and the most frequently seen is the...

Did you know?

Most feared insect in the UK

Wasps and hornets, for their stings, a shame as they are useful predators of damaging insects in horticulture.

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