Have you ever been scared than an earwig will climb through your ear and lay eggs in your brain? If so, you’ve bought into an old wives’ tale. Earwigs aren’t dangerous to humans unless you consider damage to crops or infrastructure. But they are interesting little critters. These are 25 Super Cool Facts About Earwigs You Probably Didn’t Know!
Earwigs are part of the insect order Dermaptera. With about 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smallest insect orders.
They are found on all continents except Antarctica.
They are mostly nocturnal, hiding in small moist crevices during the day.
Earwigs feed on a wide variety of insects and plants. Typically, damage to various crops and plants is blamed on earwigs.
Many earwig species display maternal care, which is uncommon among insects.
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