Animal of the day – 10/05/2011 – The Earwig

The Earwig

The animal of the day is the Earwig. (Did you know: It is a common myth that earwigs crawl into the human ear and lay eggs in the brain. Finding earwigs in the human ear is rare, as most species do not fly and prefer dark and damp areas (such as basements) rather than typical bedrooms.

It is up to debate whether earwigs have any effect on agriculture crops since they eat  both the bugs that eat crops, and the crops themselves.(Earwigs eat alive and dead insects, alive and dead vegetation)

Earwigs also tend to not have huge populations that would show any great impact on crops. (This is due to a very efficient predator, the tachnid fly, who’s larvae are parasites that live inside earwigs!)

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