WANTED! Dermaptera, A.K.A, Earwigs

Order Dermpatera come from Phylum Arthropoda and Class Insecta

Aliases: Pincerbug

Common body plan and distinguishing features include: A flat and long body, pincer-like cerci, two pairs of wings, functioning mouth parts, and two pairs of antenna.

Common Earwig

Evolutionary history/phylogeny: Fossils of Dermaptera specimens were found that date back to the start of the Jurassic era, they carried all traits of a modern Dermaptera except for the Cerci. Evidence suggests they evolved from the Protelytroptera of North America, Europe, and Australia.

Life Cycle: Earwigs hibernate through the winter and mate in the spring, and when the female is ready to lay her eggs she ejects the male from the burrow they live in to lay them. The female lays 30 eggs and defends them until they hatch into larvae. The mother will continue to protect them, but only for a short time, as the larvae must leave in that time slot or they risk being cannibalized by her.

Distribution and Niche: Distributed throughout the world excluding polar areas, though the largest diversity is found in the tropics and subtropics.

Human Connections: Causes damage to fruit and vegetable crops, little to no economic importance.

Where in the world is it a problem?: The Farmlands of Grayslake, as they're causing damage to the crops

Map of Grayslake farmland

Citations:"Classification & Distribution." ENT 425 | General Entomology | Resource Library | Compendium [dermaptera]. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

"Dermaptera." Dermaptera. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

"Dermaptera - Earwigs, Pincerbugs -- Discover Life." Dermaptera - Earwigs, Pincerbugs -- Discover Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

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