Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera. With about 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders. Earwigs have characteristic cerci, a pair of forceps-like pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short, rarely used forewings, hence the scientific order name, "skin wings". Some groups are tiny parasites on mammals and lack the typical pincers. Earwigs are found on all continents except Antarctica.
Earwigs like damp places because they don’t want their bodies to dry out. They can be found behind loose tree bark, narrow crevices, under rocks, in parts of plants such as flowers and under fallen leaves. They eat leaves, dead materials and small insects.
They use their pincers to capture their prey and defend themselves.
Earwigs have wings but they don’t really use them. Male pincers are curved and female pincers are narrow and straight.