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Photo#419009
maritime earwig? - male

maritime earwig? - Male
Bass Beach, Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
June 26, 2010
I had five goals that day:
1. Catch lots of crabs (I don't keep them I catch them for fun and let them go)
2. Photograph a kelp fly
3. Photograph a sand flea
4. Photograph marine springtails
5. Photograph a maritime earwig

Goal #5. Check. I was digging for sea glass and saw him burrowing in the rocky sand (well, not really sand at all, it was rocks) and I started digging for him. Well I lost him and I sat there digging for another five minutes. I lifted up a pile of rocks slightly to my right and there he was. I wasted a lot of time digging two inches too far left.

Moved
Moved from Earwigs.

Female or...
Not sure I can rule out a ring-legged earwig without some indication of size. Maritime earwigs are quite large by earwig standards (larger than European), whereas ring-legged earwigs are on the smallish side.

 
Male
Count the abdominal segments- there are 10, rather than 8. The cerci, however, are too symmetrical for an adult male. And an adult A. maritima should have at least 20 segments in the antennae, but my best guess at the count is 18.

The answer to these inconsistencies? I would say we have an immature male who hasn't grown all of his antennal segments yet.

It's hard to be sure about the size of the basal segment on the antenna, but it looks to me like it's longer than segments 4,5 & 6 combined, which should rule out Euborellia. The total lack of any pale segments in the antennae also argues against Euborellia- especially annulipes or cincticollis.

 
i'd say
about 3/4 in long.

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