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__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earwigs 1 Common Earwigs

 

 

 

A insect on the grass

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (m)

 

A insect on the grass

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (m)

 

A close up of a flower

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (m)

 

A close up of a flower

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (f)

 

A close up of a flower

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (f)

 

A purple flower on a plant

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (nymph)

 

A purple flower on a plant

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (nymph)

 

A close up of a rock

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COMMON EARWIG Forficula auricularia (f) with ova

 

         The familiar Common Earwig Forficula auricularia is by far the most conspicuous of the four British species of Dermaptera. These generally secretive and mainly nocturnal ground-living insects usually remain well hidden although the Common Earwig will sometimes venture up to feed on pollen during the day. As may be seen from the final photograph female Common Earwigs are attentive to their eggs and they will keep them clean and free from fungal infections. The cerci are modified into defensive pincers that can be raised scorpion-like if the insects are threatened and these are more robust in males.

 

 

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