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Milkweed Earwig

Milkweed Earwig
Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
May 19, 2012
Found within the flower bugs of Milkweed

About how large was this earw
About how large was this earwig would you guess?

Fairly large...
given the earwigs I've seen. Much larger than some of the soil-dwelling earwigs I've encountered in the past. If stretched from out completely, I'd say he might be about an inch long or so.

It has the general shape of a
It has the general shape of a Labidura, but too few antennal segments. However, most identifying characteristics for adult earwigs seem not to be very reliable for juveniles so that could possibly be discounted. The biggest issue for me is the range. This species has only been reported from the southern states so finding it in Maryland would be quite odd. I'd leave this one to the experts if any frequent this site. This might be a new species for the guide or an undescribed species of Labidura. Very peculiar find.

Collecting specimens
would be easy, if you think it would prove worthwhile.

If you can find individuals o
If you can find individuals of the same species, I'd say go for it. The best way to determine the species would probably be to raise the nymphs to adulthood, then take detailed pictures of the legs, forceps, and antennae. They might be something totally obvious once they mature, or they could be something completely new and then you'd have specimens.

i so hope you guys get in touch
thanks a lot for your comments, Jordan; i look forward to seeing this mystery solved
speaking of the range of the cosmopolitan (and insanely variable/polymorphic) L. riparia, i can add, based on personal experience, that the beast ranges quite far north along the sand river banks in w. Russia (close to 60°N), and is common at ~55°N around Moscow and much further east

Moved from ID Request.

weird... this is not F. auricularia
intrigued. is shares some traits of pattern with the Labidura riparia juv photo here on BG, but that is a beach species...

Not sure...
what it is. I had thought it was F. auricularia, as people had reported it in milkweed buds, but I guess not...

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