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345. The Earwig

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2010 by Ricardo in Insects. Viewed 5797 times

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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.
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.

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    • # Christa

      As bicha-cadelas e centopeias sao minhas maiores inimigas, dão me arrepios! Ainda bem que esta não consegue saltar do ecrã! :))

      2010.12.11 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Vania Gianese

      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.....

      2010.12.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Moira

      I think I'll have nightmares now after reading this!!!!!! LOL great shots though

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      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.

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon Laysell

      Neat shots. They aren't my favourite bugs. I think it those pincer things at the back whatever they are they look dangerous.

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Josy

      Very interesting set and text Ricky ! I don'tt like either these tiny creatures

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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.

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      I think I like the firebug better!! You have accomplished some tight focusing with these!

      2010.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel