LARS THOMAS: The striped earwigThursday 23rd September 2021
Ever seen a striped earwig (Labidura riparia)? Would you like to? Then you need to get out and about, and find some dunes and sandy areas, if you want to find this rather magnificent beast. It is the biggest species of earwig in Europe no less, roughly twice the size of the common earwig. It is also nocturnal, so you want to be lifting old pieces of driftwood and turning over stones if you want to feast your eyes upon it. For an earwig, it is an absolute dazzler – oh, and if it gets really annoying, it will lift its big forceps in a graceful curve over its head and pretend to be a scorpion.
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The striped earwig at Wikipedia HERE