SEM of an earwig

SEM of an earwig

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Caption: Earwig. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an earwig (Forficula auricularia) on leaf litter. Earwigs are predatory nocturnal insects which generally hide under stones and in crevices during the day. The superstition that earwigs seek out human ears and bite through the eardrum has no basis in fact. The earwig's head, with its long antennae, is at lower left. It has a pair of short wings (centre), but earwigs very rarely fly. Earwigs are omnivorous, and will eat flowers as well as other insects and carrion. The pincers (upper right) are used largely for defence purposes, and are raised over the head when attacked. Magnification: x5 at 5x7cm size. x12 at 5.5x7

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Keywords: animal, earwig, forficula auricularia, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf litter, nature, pincers, wildlife, zoology

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