Common Earwig Forficula auricularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
An extremely common and well known insect, Earwigs feed on a diet of plant and animal material. They rest during the day in crevices, especially under loose bark and hollow plant stems, frequently over-wintering in such places. Female Earwigs are extremely maternal, laying a small number of eggs in an underground chamber, protecting them throughout the Winter months and then remaining with the nymphs until they become independent. There are just four species of Earwig found in the UK, and they belong to the order Dermaptera.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Forficula auricularia
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Andy Godfrey. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). Paul and Helen Brock. Barry Lygo.

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Updated January 2021

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