Earwig from Israel

Identifyi a bug
Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 4:20 AM
We have this bug in our garden and sometimes in our house.
It is about 2 cm long, has 6 legs, 2 tails and 2 front antenas.
It is brown/black in color and has 4 yellow spots/dots on its back.
I have seen it lays many white eggs.
What is its name and is this bug dangerous?
Sorry the pictures are not that focused.
Actually, I think this is the bug you have illustrated on your site.
Thank you


Your insect is an Earwig in the order Dermaptera.  Earwigs are harmless to people but they are not completely benign in the garden.  They generally hide during the day in leaf litter and other places, and by night they feed on plants, organic material and small insects.  We often find several inside the blossoms of roses in our own garden and they chew holes in the petals of the flowers.  Though they damage some blossoms, we tolerate them in the garden and do not consider them to be a pest insect.

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