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European earwig - Forceps, Heesch, Netherlands Extreme macro of the forceps of an European Earwig. The forceps is a flexible utility for defense, predation, and it has a role in mating behavior. It contains no venom and is made of the same material as the rest of the exoskeleton. European earwig,Extreme Macro,Forficula auricularia,The Netherlands,WeMacro Click/tap to enlarge

European earwig - Forceps, Heesch, Netherlands

Extreme macro of the forceps of an European Earwig. The forceps is a flexible utility for defense, predation, and it has a role in mating behavior. It contains no venom and is made of the same material as the rest of the exoskeleton.

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  1. LOVE this! An up close and personal view of a very important tool! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! Thing that intrigues me is that yellowish lightning bolt on the top pincher. This is probably flash so strong that it lights up internals. Wonder if its muscle, nerves, something like that? Posted 2 months ago
      1. Cool, looks like it could be part of the ganglia. Posted 2 months ago
        1. I guess that means we shouldn't tickle it there. Found their weakness. Posted 2 months ago
          1. Haha! Posted 2 months ago

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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 Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Aug 1, 2020. Captured Jun 20, 2020 22:25.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/1.2
  • 1/100s
  • ISO64
  • 50mm