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Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia) Given it&#039;s usual preference for nocturnal hunting &amp; dark and damp habitats, plus its status as a potential snack for birds, frogs, lizards and even social wasps, one doesn&#039;t usually expect to see a Common European earwig quite as willingly exposed as I found this one in the garden today.<br />
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I&#039;m pleased to report, after capturing this male on film it finally slipped below the radar and trickled down a few floors to hide in the vegetation.<br />
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I was glad to have had the opportunity and to discover a few more interesting facts about this species, which accompany the video: <section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/vtHScva4aNw?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section>     European earwig,Forficula auricularia,Geotagged,Spring,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge

Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia)

Given it's usual preference for nocturnal hunting & dark and damp habitats, plus its status as a potential snack for birds, frogs, lizards and even social wasps, one doesn't usually expect to see a Common European earwig quite as willingly exposed as I found this one in the garden today.

I'm pleased to report, after capturing this male on film it finally slipped below the radar and trickled down a few floors to hide in the vegetation.

I was glad to have had the opportunity and to discover a few more interesting facts about this species, which accompany the video:

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''Forficula auricularia'', the common earwig or European earwig, is an omnivorous insect in the family Forficulidae. The European earwig survives in a variety of environments and is a common household insect in North America.

Similar species: Earwigs
Species identified by Philip Booker
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By Philip Booker

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Uploaded May 5, 2022. Captured May 5, 2022 14:57 in 33 Crespin Way, Brighton BN1 7FG, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO320
  • 101.58mm