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345. The Earwig

2010.12.11
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Forficula auricularia aka European Earwig (male)

Though they frighten many, they are harmless but tend to take up habitation within the home. The name "earwig" comes from the rumor that these insects crawl into human ears and enter the brain, but this is false.
However, there have been cases of earwigs wandering into ears by mistake.
I remember my grandmother telling the 2 things that we should not play with is earwigs and centipedes because they can go inside our ears and get in our brains.
LOL
I know this is funny, but this is one of the reasons I've milipedophobia (afraid of centipedes), because I've been scared by this since I was a child.
Earwigs are also something I don't like a lot, but well It posed for me so why complain? ;)

The photos have been taken at night, so that's why there is low light. the males usually come at night.
32 Comments
RayNvb I think I like the firebug better!! You have accomplished some tight focusing with these!
RayNvb · 2010-12-08: 08:29
ArtBee Great shots of that ugly nuisance! Around this area it's very damp and earwigs just love that kind of environment. They are very hard to control.
ArtBee · 2010-12-08: 08:33
josy63 Very interesting set and text Ricky ! I don'tt like either these tiny creatures
josy63 · 2010-12-08: 08:39
danrav Very good post, Ricky! Now I can take my ear plugs out - right?
danrav · 2010-12-08: 08:47
????? Great shots Ricky but Eeeeeew. Scary.
????? · 2010-12-08: 09:08
Jarvo Neat shots. They aren't my favourite bugs. I think it those pincer things at the back whatever they are they look dangerous.
Jarvo · 2010-12-08: 09:42
joycephotography Ugly............
joycephotography · 2010-12-08: 09:46
SADHYA They do nip a bit when I pick them up, I think its just the pincers clinging on.
SADHYA · 2010-12-08: 10:17
djnana Did you ever see "Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn"? These little guys would scare the poo out of you! #2 is a really great macro, Ricky.
djnana · 2010-12-08: 10:59
Marzijapan brilliant macros, nice clear shots
Marzijapan · 2010-12-08: 11:14
davidcardona Awesome extreme close focus. Well done work!
davidcardona · 2010-12-08: 11:22
Francesc21 I don't like this insect, but the post is very interesting, the pics too
Francesc21 · 2010-12-08: 11:26
GKorts 3. and 5. are excellent Ricky
GKorts · 2010-12-08: 11:27
MoMac I think I'll have nightmares now after reading this!!!!!! LOL great shots though
MoMac · 2010-12-08: 11:38
malquistfamily EWWWW!!! Nice shots, but EWWWW! ;)
malquistfamily · 2010-12-08: 12:42
wfrnk That tail is a little frightening... :-)
wfrnk · 2010-12-08: 13:43
jennye cool shots!!
jennye · 2010-12-08: 15:31
gapelzsolt brrrr "nice" :-)
gapelzsolt · 2010-12-08: 16:35
cariad great macro.... but eeeek....
cariad · 2010-12-08: 16:42
stabeez In macro, they become fearsome creatures.
stabeez · 2010-12-08: 17:03
finbarr Super work Ricky !!
finbarr · 2010-12-08: 17:08
????? I hate this bug.
I'm really afraid of this ugly critters and ants.
And I have to say that they're not so harmless... a female bit me and it hurts a lot!!
????? · 2010-12-08: 17:24
SunFlower1990 Don't like bugs but nice macros..
SunFlower1990 · 2010-12-08: 19:20
Ole365 It's called "tvísterta" in Faroese, and some people really don't like it.
Ole365 · 2010-12-08: 21:39
livelovelaugh Ugh! :)
livelovelaugh · 2010-12-08: 23:05
Yokai I dont't like it but I like your shots !! (^^)
Yokai · 2010-12-09: 01:31
DrunkWeasel eew :)
DrunkWeasel · 2010-12-09: 14:54
YUKJA I don't know why, but the Earwig is one of the things that scares me more! ...apart from the dark, greasy stains, the hoover, the elevator, pimples, blood, electricity.....
YUKJA · 2010-12-09: 16:58
nataliemanco nice shots
nataliemanco · 2010-12-10: 00:42
Unchained As bicha-cadelas e centopeias sao minhas maiores inimigas, dão me arrepios! Ainda bem que esta não consegue saltar do ecrã! :))
Unchained · 2010-12-11: 05:12
Kozuka LOL kuku ..Wonderful!
Kozuka · 2010-12-13: 23:29
wildduck Ugly bug, but great shots!
wildduck · 2010-12-14: 12:52
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