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Subject:  What type of bug is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  My room
Date: 11/12/2017
Time: 02:39 AM EDT
Can you please tell me what kind of bug this is I found it in my room and I’ve been getting bit every night and I’m not sure what kind of bug is biting me I need to figure it out by all the nasty bites I’ve been getting every night. I thought it was bed bugs but it turns out it wasn’t. And I’m the only one in the house getting bit.
How you want your letter signed:  Solei Austin

Cerci of an Earwig, we presume.

Dear Solei,
Google Maps is not helping with your location “my room” so we are still clueless as to your location.  This is not a complete insect, and generally insect body parts can be difficult to identify using images, but we believe these are the distinctive Cerci of an Earwig.

My location is Pomona California. Are you sure its the distinctive earwig? I believe the pinchers of an earwig is on the butt side and in this picture of the big I sent you the pinchers are in front of it’s face and the pinchers are a lot longer. I couldn’t find anything on google either that is similar to it.
Sincerely Ms. Austin

Whatever was in the image you sent is not a complete insect.  We might be wrong, but it does not look like the head of anything.

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Subject: I’m just curious
Location: Kentucky
July 26, 2017 11:30 pm
I found this on my wall, and I’m not sure if it has wings or not. I’m just curious about what it is
Signature: I can’t find anyone else

Earwig

Based on the similar appearance to this BugGuide image, we are confident that your Earwig is a female European Earwig, Forficula auriculariaMale European Earwigs have considerably larger forceps.  According to BugGuide, they are now “Cosmopolitan, native to western Palearctic; widely though spottily distributed across NA; introduced from Europe around 1910.”

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Subject: Newly molted earwig?
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 10, 2017 5:34 pm
Hi bugman,
I read on one of the posts that an albino looking earwig could have newly molted and the exoskeleton hasn’t yet hardened. I think I found one with its discarded exuvia. Is this one female? Is this a Forficula auricularia? How long does it take for the new one to harden? Would it eat the old skin cast?
Thank you!!!
Signature: nyctibius

Newly Molted Earwig

Dear nyctibius,
Thanks so much for sending your awesome image of a newly molted Earwig with its exuvia, supporting our previous posting that the light color on an Earwig indicated it was freshly molted.

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Subject: What is this insect
Location: Al hijr, saudiarabia
January 7, 2017 8:46 am
I saw this insect near water sources in Saudi Arabia near one of the oldest dig site called al hijr(madian saleh)
Signature: Junaid Zaman

Earwig

Dear Junaid,
This is an Earwig in the order Dermaptera, and though it has distinctive markings, our initial search did not provide a species name.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck at a species identification.

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Subject: Unknown creepy crawler!
Location: Chandler, Arizona
November 16, 2016 12:18 pm
Hello Bugman! We live in Chandler, Arizona & see all kinds of different insects. Found this one in my dog’s empty food bowl this morning & have never seen anything like it! With a quick first glance, I thought it was a small scorpion, but once I picked up the bowl, I saw it only has 6 legs & no “stinger tail”. We think it’s an earwig. Should we be concerned? Can you help us identify this little guy?
Signature: K. Garrett

Striped Earwig

Striped Earwig

Dear K. Garrett,
You are correct that this is an Earwig, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Striped Earwig or Shore Earwig,
Labidura riparia, thanks to this Bugguide image.  According to BugGuide:  “introduced in NA, occurs across the southern states” and its habitat is “Coastal/riparian.”  How close you are to a body of water?  BugGuide also indicates:  “Preys on various invertebrates, but may occasionally switch to plant material.”

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Subject: Agressive Earwig
Location: greater Adelaide, South Australia
November 4, 2016 6:05 pm
I lifted a pot and this earwig kept attacking my hands. I have a book on insects in greater Adelaide but it only has two species that do not look like this one.
It was very “full”, its inside bulging between the body segments when it turned, and its pincers short and very stiff. Its pinch actually managed to hurt!
Sorry the photo isn’t of very high quality, it was moving fast.
Signature: Gen

Earwig

Earwig

Subject: Friendly Earwig
Location: greater Adelaide, South Australia
November 4, 2016 6:08 pm
I have a book on the insects of greater Adelaide, but it only includes two earwigs.
Initially I thought this may be a brown earwig without wings, perhaps a female with abnormally large pincers, but it has a very defined line on the back of its head.
Signature: Gen

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Gen,
Since we received two Earwig identification requests from you, one labeled “Agressive [sic] Earwig” and the other labeled “Friendly Earwig” and since we believe they represent the same species, we are combining them into one posting.  The Farmstyle website has an image identified only as a Native Earwig and the information that it is:  “native to Australia and is thought to be a predator, not a pest.”  We also found an image of a Native Earwig on PestWeb and the species is identified as
Gonolabis michaelseni.  There are additional images of Gonolabis michaelseni on Friends of Queens Park Bushland

Thankyou for the information! I was confused as I couldn’t find anything on these earwigs despite them being everywhere. I feel a bit silly for not considering they were the same bug but different genders!

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