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Earwigs in Kansas in February!
February 20, 2010
Hey Bugguy(s),
Greetings again from Topeka, Kansas!
I already know what I’ve got here, but thought it might be worth sharing.
I am including an unremarkable photo of an earwig. The remarkable thing is that the photo was taken today, February-20-2010, here in Kansas.
It’s around 30 degrees F. outside, and snowing too. I thought it was pretty interesting to find an earwig today at the local shopping mall…OK he was indoors, but that makes me wonder…and maybe you can shed some light on this, How long do these guys live? It must be a lot longer than flies, and moths, huh?
Thanks for all you do!
Jeff Volpert
Kansas, United States (right in the middle)

Ring Legged Earwig

Hi Jeff,
Your Earwig is a Ring Legged Earwig, Euborellia annulipes.  According to BugGuide:  “A medium-sized dark-brown earwig with dark areas on the light-yellow legs (“black armbands”). Although the species has both winged and wingless forms, only the wingless ones are found in our area. Adults have antennae with 14-16 segments, the third and fourth (sometimes the fifth) from the end being white or pale.
”  BugGuide also indicates:  “Its ability to live indoors and habit of hiding in dark places means it can show up just about anywhere people go.”  We are not certain what the maximum life expectancy for an Earwig is, but we suspect it is approximately a year.

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One Response to Earwig

  1. blackwidower says:

    So, this comment is regarding all earwigs, in general, despite the risk of “over-generalizing.” I had the experience of stepping on one of these in Brazil. It looked identical to the ones running around my house here in California. The thing is, it is being repeated that they cannot break human skin and I can tell you with great certainty, they surely can. It hurt pretty bad. And when I tried to pull him off, he gripped harder, which I noted. Gross. Anyway, he punctured my heel, drew blood. And that was the skin on my heel. Not like he punctured my eye lid. Just to set you straight on that.

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