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Whitewig?
Hello,
Love your site! I used it regularly to ID strange bugs in and near my house. The other day while pulling weeds here in San Diego I disturbed this little guy. He was about the size of a regular earwig although his abdomen looked a little longer to me, and obviously, he’s white. I’m curious, is there such a thing as an albino earwig, or do they look like this normally at a subadult stage, or is it possibly something unrelated that just LOOKS earwiggy?
Thanks very much,
Andrea

Hi Andrea,
This is an Earwig. We believe it is a freshly molted specimen that hasn’t darkened. We will check with Eric Eaton to get his opinion. Eric responded: ” The earwig is indeed a freshly-molted specimen. There really is no such thing as an albino insect. There are white phases of some of the sulphur butterflies, but that is about it. Pale-colored specimens of other insects are typical of arid environments.”

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3 Responses to White Earwig Newly Molted

  1. Michelle says:

    Just found some of these today in a wooden pet hutch and I’m from Australia! Interesting read! :)

  2. Evan Benz says:

    My heart is still beating fast.

    My mom just finished some alterations on my suit pants, so I went to the closet to grab my suit jacket and there was one of these things on it.

    scared the hell out of me !!!

    dublin, california

  3. Diego says:

    Just killed one in my bed. So grossed out now and paranoid :(

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