3101-1527 (ENTO-194NP)

Authors as Published

Eric Day, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech

JPG Earwig
Pair of Earwigs: male on left and female on right. Approximate actual size

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Earwigs can be up to 1 and 1/4 inches (25.4 - 31.8mm). Most are Red-brown to black in color. Adult earwigs are flattened insects, up to 1 and 1/4 inches in length, and light red-brown to black. Some species are wingless but others have a pair of leathery forewings covering a few segments of the abdomen and the membranous hind wings, which have the tips protruding. The forceps-like appendages at the end of the abdomen are strongly curved in the male. The female's appendages are smaller and less curved.

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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

March 11, 2016

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