Common Brown Earwig (Labidura truncata)

Order: Dermaptera (derm-AP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Labiduridae
Genus: Labidura
Species: truncata


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona
Muncie, Indiana
Yankton, South Dakota

Members' Notes:


On Jul 6, 2016, LyndaTR from Ebensburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have so much problems with these horrible bugs. They chew holes in my tropical plants especially my Angel Trumpets.
What do other people do to get rid of them???


On Jun 4, 2012, alkatoma from Norfolk, VA wrote:

We hang our plastic watering cans in a dogwood tree, after the dog chewed one up. Imagine my surprise to discover about 50 of these guys racing around in one of the cans! They were a good 5' off the ground, where a branch comes off the main trunk of the dogwood. When shaken out onto the ground, they quickly wriggled under available rocks, flowerpots, etc. No race for the tree trunk.


On Aug 26, 2011, plantratica from Muncie, IN wrote:

When I was kid,I read someplace that earwigs would find you sleeping,go into your ear canal and eventually burrow into your brain....this sounds absurd to me,but comments are welcome because at my job in a metal reclaimation center,I see alot of earwigs around old pop and beer cans...we have roaches too,but the earwigs are more common than any other bug.....pacrat
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On Jan 28, 2011, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Earwigs don't look as if they can fly, but this earwig flew onto a sheet set by a Mercury Vapour Lamp, set for attracting moths, at Gelantipy in Victoria. Its wings are folded neatly under a hard covering and are invisible when it is stationary.
When we spotted this earwig, it had helped itself to a smaller fly-like insect, which it was holding in its pincers (I have never seen the pincers in use before). A bit later I noticed it again and it had transferred its prey to the other end and was feeding on it.