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Forficula auricularia - female

Forficula auricularia - Female
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 19, 2008

Moved from ID Request.

Thank you v belov That is th
Thank you v belov
That is the correct date
I uploaded the pictures from my camera much later so the date is incorrect since it only uses the date from when i transfer the pictures to my computer and not when i took them...
Thanks for the taxonomy tips
I will lower case all the species names ;)

Yes, they are capable of flying! Hence why I purposely unfolded a wing
for proof that these things are not flightless. Although they fly very reluctantly, they still use their wings from time to time...
I've seen it myself live ;)

Labia minor* is a proficient flyer among our earwigs
*real name, no kiddin'

hexapod, this is a great picture, but pls make sure all your submissions are properly dated [edit to add the actual sighting date], and do not capitalize specific names

Thanks! :D
I never knew before that earwigs were capable of flying!
Ti's true that it's fascinating to see especially when it's something new to anyone's knowledge.
I wish more people knew that these fellows could fly, that would be a real shocker :)
Thanks again.

Are they actually capable of flight?
Or are these vestigial wings?

Those that have wings can fly
There are many common species (the Ring-Legged Earwig, Euborellia annulipes, for instance) that normally don't have wings, even as adults. Even those that can fly tend not to most of the time- though the males end up at lights often enough.

The way the wings fold up into such a small space puts human-made convertibles and tent trailers to shame- a sort of living origami that's quite unique. From what I've read, some (perhaps all?) species have to use their forceps to properly prepare their wings for flight.

Very nice!
That is fascinating. Insect wings have peaked my interest lately. Looks like a delicate wing