All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Earwigs</strong>
<em>Forficula auricularia</em> / Dermaptera (skin-winged)
These strange-looking insects appear dangerous because of their weird "forceps" on the end of their abdomen (which they use for mating and to protect themselves from a...
Earwigs
Forficula auricularia / Dermaptera (skin-winged)
These strange-looking insects appear dangerous because of their weird "forceps" on the end of their abdomen (which they use for mating and to protect themselves from a rear attack by ants), but they are harmless. Don't worry, the claim that they will crawl into the ears of sleeping people to bore into their brains is just an old wives' tale or the subject of a really bad science fiction movie! These omnivorous insects are nocturnal and feed on living and dead insects and decaying plant material. I found a group of these gathered in the bud ends of my milkweed. I hope they won't eat the Monarch butterfly eggs!

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