What Do Earwigs Look Like?

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Earwigs are dark, elongated, semi-flattened insects that can range from 6 to 35 millimeters in length. Learn about the pincers on the rear end of an earwig's abdomen with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an etymologist for 20 years, and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center talking about what do earwigs look like? They're dark, elongated, semi-flattened insects that can be from six to 35 millimeters in length. One of the most distinctive aspects of them is that they have little pinchers or searsy on the, coming off the rear end, the end of the abdomen, and these are harmless. Sometimes they'll cock them up there as something of a display. They also have, if they have wings they're very shortened, almost like little wing buds on their back. And they're found in houses and out in the woods and those are some of the ways to recognize an earwig.


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