The Dermaptera are elongate and slender insects, usually omnivorous. About 1800 species are known, making Dermaptera a rather small group by insect standards.

Broad head, fore wings of Dermaptera are usually small and veinless, while the hind wings are commonly absent. The abdomen is broad, with the cerci forming a pair of heavily sclerotized pincers.

Typical earwigs date back to the Jurassic.



omnivorous some predetory species are known

length 4 - 80 mm


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