Meet the Dermaptera (Earwigs)

Earwigs

There are relatively few species of Earwig about. Only 7 in the UK and only one recorded on the garden. We have been on the lookout for the lesser earwig, which apparently is associated with compost heaps. But no luck so far.

Most people are rather surprised to note earwigs can fly, they just don’t tend to very often.

Forticula auricularia

Forticula auriculariaThe Common Earwig – Family: Forticulidae