There are certain insects that seem to like to jump out at you and say "Boo!" Earwigs are one of those--they hide in small spaces and make their appearance known by quickly crawling away. And they always seem to show up in unexpected spots--like tucked in the bloom of a peony. The species we see in Colorado is the European earwig (Forficula auricularia). Even though my BFF Carl Linnaeus named this species back in 1758, it doesn't mean I have to like them.
|European earwig (photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw)|
|Boo! Earwigs in a peach.|
(photo courtesy of University of Nebraska Dept of Entomology)
|Earwig damage on common mallow |
(photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw)
|Earwig injury to peaches|
(photo courtesy of Utah State University Extension)
|Earwig newspaper trap|
(photo from www.freshmanfarmer.com)
|Canola oil earwig trap. In one evening,|
Dr. Cranshaw caught 535 earwigs!