Earwigs (Dermaptera)

Common Earwig (Forficula dentata/auricularia) (S Orridge)

Summary

Over 2,000 species worldwide, 7 species in Britain of which one, the Giant Earwig is probably now extinct. The most widespread species is the Common Earwig.

Small to medium-sized, elongated and flattened insets with short legs and conspicuous forceps (modified cerci) at the tail. A wise range of habitats, mainly nocturnal, feeding on plant and animal material. Females guard their eggs and young until the nymphs can fend for themselves.

Earwigs in the High Peak

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all earwig observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all earwig observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Earwig nymph (Dermaptera spp) (S Orridge)
Common Earwig (Forficula dentata/auricularia) male, with water droplets (S Orridge)