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Earwigs

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Description

Depending on the species, these elongate insects either have four wings or are wingless. Their long antennae are nearly half their body length. They are easily identified by the well-developed cerci located on the end of the abdomen. Females have long, straight-sided, stocky cerci, while males have narrower and strongly curved cerci.

Life cycle

The females lay their eggs in crevices or debris, and protect them until they hatch. Immature earwigs look similar to adults, only smaller and without wings.

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