Earwigs are omnivorous feeding on small invertebrates and plant material. They can help reduce some pest problems but they will also damage flowers and young leaves of clematis, dahlia and chrysanthemums and occasionally other plants
Common name EarwigScientific name Forficula auriculariaPlants affected Mainly dahlia, clematis and chrysanthemumMain symptoms Young leaves and flower petals are eaten. Earwigs will be present on the plants after darkMost active May-September
Earwigs are yellowish brown insects, up to 13-15 mm long (about ½in), that have a pair of distinctive pincers or forceps on their rear end.
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Earwigs overwinter as adult insects in the soil and other sheltered places.
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