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Species Labidura riparia - Shore Earwig

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Family Labiduridae (Striped Earwigs)
Genus Labidura
Species riparia (Shore Earwig)
Other Common Names
Striped Earwig
Explanation of Names
Labidura riparia (Pallas 1773)
riparia = 'pertaining to river banks'
Extremely variable over its global range
Cosmopolitan; introduced in NA, occurs across the southern states(1)
Coastal/riparian (along margins of various water bodies)(1)(2)
Preys on various invertebrates, but may occasionally switch to plant material(2)
Emits repulsive odor(1)
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.