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Characteristics of Dermapterans
Examples Earwigs
Wings 0-4; Fore wings short, and Hind wings folded
Mouth Parts Chewing
Usual Number of Tarsal Segments 3
Metamorphosis Simple Metamorphosis
Usual Size Small to Medium
Where usually found In Debris

Order Dermaptera is composed completely of earwigs. Earwigs are long, flat insects that almost always have 4 wings. The cerci on Earwigs look like pincers.

Earwigs can sometimes be pests inside of houses, and some damage cultivated plants.

Earwigs are generallyt noctural and spend their sleeping hours hiding in bark and other debris. If awoken, some may release a foul smelling liquid as a means of defense and they can also pinch as a means of defense.

There are four families of earwigs in North America, seperated by their antennae and tarsi. These four families are: Forficulidae, Chelisochidae, Labiduridae, and Labiidae.