Short-winged or Hop-garden Earwig
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Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Reddish brown with yellow legs. Slightly smaller than the Common Earwig, and it is light brown all over. In contrast to the Common Earwig, the species also lacks a tooth on the inside of the pincers in both sexes. Females are very similar to Forficula lesnei.
Wings: Hind wings are only tiny lobes and it is flightless.
Habitat: Leaf litter in woodlands. It also climbs into trees and shrubs and may be found in flowerheads. Formerly common in hop gardens of Kent but have declined.
Phenology: Active all year around except during periods of frost. Adults present from August to September but they are nocturnal.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
Terms & conditions
Colours show the year of the last record -
up to 1987
1998 up to present
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