Unknown Earwig from India, not undisclosed location

House Bugs
November 25, 2009
We have tens of these bugs in our house. We are not sure about this bug. Can you please provide information about this bug and if it is harmful or not. If so, how can we get rid of them.
Many thanks for your information in advance.
Geographic Location of Bug    uploading the file


Dear Vj,
Your response to the Geographic Location of Bug is of no assistance to us since it doesn’t make any sense.  This is an Earwig, though we are quite curious where the photo was taken since it is a species we do not recognize.  The forceps are quite spectacular.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks a lot for the quick response.  I have uploaded some more photos of the same into the web site immediately, along with the Geographic location.  We are located in India > Andhra Pradesh (this is the state) > Hyderabad (city) > Miyapur (location).
We have a very big river right behind our house and we see many different types of bugs on a daily basis.  This perticular type of bugs are increasing in numbers.
Since we have a 8 year old son, who is developing some kind of rash now a days, we wanted to elimiate all possible options, including bug bites.
If you want I can send you some more pictures of the same.
Once again many thanks for your information.  I will gather more information on this bug from the web.
Best regards,

Karl Comments
November 30, 2009Hi Daniel:
Earwigs are well beyond the fringe of my normal comfort zone, but I will give it a try. I believe the genus is Diplatys (Dermaptera: Pygidicranoidea: Diplatyidae: Diplatyinae) and I think Vj has photographed a nymph. According to an early but exhaustive work by Burr, 1911 (Dermaptera; In: Genera Insectorum) “Larvae [of Diplatys sp.] depressed; instead of forceps, having long segmented caudal styles, resembling antennae; number of segments varying from about fifteen to thirty; segments cylindrical, gradually lengthening after the second, the basal segment equaling in length the next five or six segments. This long basal segment is the sheath of the future forceps.” There are at least six representative species in India but photos and information are very difficult to find. D. lefroyi appears to be a relatively common species that does show a banded pattern and leg markings similar to Vj’s photo. Regards.

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