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Friday, August 9, 2013

Earwig (Echinosoma wahlbergi)

Family Pygidicranidae
For some reason, people are terrified that earwigs actually go into their ears which is not true as they are harmless to humans and are usually found on or under tree bark.
These are just over 1cm in length and have pale yellow wings.
Info: Field Guide to South African Insects

2 comments:

Gaelyn said...

It's those butt pincers that freak me out.

Firefly said...

We used to find very pale ones on the beach under rocks with black pinchers