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Species Chelisoches morio - Black Earwig

Chelisoches morio - male Chelisochides morio - Chelisoches morio - male Chelisochides morio - Chelisoches morio - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Family Chelisochidae (Black Earwigs)
Genus Chelisoches
Species morio (Black Earwig)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chelisoches morio (Fabricius 1775)
Identification
Fully-winged (good flier), jet-black earwig with tarsi and one or two apical antennomeres lighter (contrasting in living specimens but often darkening in preserved ones). (Some Anisolabididae show a similar pattern.) The second tarsal segment extends under the first, but isn't wide as in the Forficulidae, and it has brush-like hairs underneath.
Range
Native to many Pacific islands; introduced into Pacific Northwest, CA and FL (likely from Hawaii), and many areas worldwide, esp. tropical(1)(2)
Food
Predatory species(2)
Works Cited
1.Choate P. M. () The order Dermaptera (earwigs) in Florida and the United States
2.The Earwigs of California (Order Dermaptera)
R.L. Langston & J.A. Powell. 1975. Bull. Calif. Insect Surv. 20: 1-25.