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winged pincher bug - Forficula auricularia - female

winged pincher bug - Forficula auricularia - Female
Sunol regional park , California, USA
May 9, 2009
Size: 3/4 "
I was surprised to see many pincher bugs on the tops of grasses while hiking through the Sunol hills . I looked closer when I saw many flying , elegant insects which turned out to be the pincher bugs . I guess it is mating season and they are trying to find mates . I have never noticed wings on this insect before , is this some mutation or do they grow wings around mating season ? Thanks for any furthering of my buggy knowledge , sincerely Beth

I Agree With Andy: Female European Earwig
Your experience with wings on earwigs is probably like mine: I grew up here in the Los Angeles area with the Ring-legged Earwig (Euborellia annulipes) as the only earwig, which never has wings:

In the past few years, however, the European Earwigs have taken over my area. Like most earwigs, they have wings in the adult stage (The name of the order, Dermaptera, means "leather wings").
I wouldn't get too worked up over the "invasion", though- both are introduced, and both have been around in California for at least a century.

female, cerci inside smooth
Oops, I had the gender wrong. Female has smooth cerci on the inner edge, where male has the "bumps". Just corrected my first post.

European Earwig, Forficula auricularia ?
I think you have a -female- Forficula auricularia - European Earwig. Maybe somebody else can confirm for sure.

Here's an article I put together on earwigs.

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