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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,

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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20 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 🙁

  4. Chezzy says:

    I always have a mass of earwigs on the pole of my washing line when I wind it up. And I just spied this anomaly today so I googled it. If it is just a newly molted one, why have I only ever seen one?

    • bugman says:

      Insects are more vulnerable when they have just molted and they are more likely to hide in more secluded places at that time.

  5. Taylor says:

    Still have chills from seeing one of these earlier on my towel. I thought it was some crazy weird insect and started looking around for more.
    Thank you for posting this to calm my worries!

  6. Ian Parry says:

    My kids just found one of these guys in our garden in North Wales, they were fascinated by it

  7. Hayden says:

    Are they rare? Because I found one today in my local school garden.

  8. Leeann says:

    Cool, thanks. I just found one in a Countdown supremarked in Dunedin. I hadn’t seen one before.

  9. Suzanne says:

    We went outsid at night to see what was eating our garden plants. They were all over especially the petunias. They are eating all the leaves from the vegtables. Is there a way to minimize these critters?

  10. Suzanne says:

    White earwigs i mean.

  11. Holly says:

    I have just found 2 and I am in Quebec Canada..


  12. Jim says:

    Just found one, crawling on my outdoor table first time. I’ve ever seen a white earwig.

  13. Sonia says:

    I found one up my trouser leg he had turned white and his brown body skin was next to him, so he must have removed it. I put him safely outside

  14. Rawn says:

    Seen my 1st one the other day, I took a picture because I’ve seen tens of thousands of earwigs, but never an albino one.

  15. Sonia says:

    You would be less paranoid if you had put it in a glass and put it safely outside,maybe next time ?

  16. Richard says:

    Thanks for this article; I saw one today and don’t remember seeing one before.

    How long do they normally stay white/light before they darken to the usual dark brown.

    Carmarthen, South Wales.

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