345. The Earwig

by Ricardo December. 11, 2010 6572 views

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.

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Andrea 6 years, 5 months ago

Ugly bug, but great shots!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lã¡Szlã³ ( Laci) 6 years, 5 months ago

LOL kuku ..Wonderful!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Christa 6 years, 5 months ago

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

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Natalie 6 years, 5 months ago

nice shots

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Vania Gianese 6 years, 5 months ago

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.....

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Cristea Ionut Cosmin 6 years, 5 months ago

eew :)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Yokai 6 years, 5 months ago

I dont't like it but I like your shots !! (^^)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Livelovelaugh 6 years, 5 months ago

Ugh! :)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ole Kristian Valle 6 years, 5 months ago

It's called "tvísterta" in Faroese, and some people really don't like it.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 6 years, 5 months ago

Don't like bugs but nice macros..

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 5 months ago

Super work Ricky !!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dave 6 years, 5 months ago

In macro, they become fearsome creatures.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 5 months ago

great macro.... but eeeek....

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gã¡Pel Pã©Ter Zsolt 6 years, 5 months ago

brrrr "nice" :-)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jennye 6 years, 5 months ago

cool shots!!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Walter 6 years, 5 months ago

That tail is a little frightening... :-)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Amber 6 years, 5 months ago

EWWWW!!! Nice shots, but EWWWW! ;)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 5 months ago

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

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 6 years, 5 months ago

3. and 5. are excellent Ricky

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Francesc 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't like this insect, but the post is very interesting, the pics too

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
David Cardona 6 years, 5 months ago

Awesome extreme close focus. Well done work!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Alison May 6 years, 5 months ago

brilliant macros, nice clear shots

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 6 years, 5 months ago

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.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 5 months ago

They do nip a bit when I pick them up, I think its just the pincers clinging on.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 5 months ago

Ugly............

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jon Laysell 6 years, 5 months ago

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

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 5 months ago

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

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Art Bee 6 years, 5 months ago

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.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ray 6 years, 5 months ago

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

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
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