Viewing Families in the Order "Dermaptera" (Earwigs)
Earwigs (Dermaptera) were introduced to North America in 1907 from Europe and can be found throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Earwigs have a lifespan of about a year, and they are mostly nocturnal insects. They live in crevices located around forests, gardens and fields. Earwigs feed on a variety of living and dead animals and plants, and when threatened can emit a foul smelling yellow liquid. An old wives' tale claims that earwigs like to burrow in ears, but this has never been a proven fact.