What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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This large, cosmopolitan family is poorly represented in Australia by a single subfamily, Forficulinae .


All known species are winged as adults, brownish in colour and range from 15-25 mm long. Doru and Elaunon have the abdomen parallel in outline, and the pygidium of Doru bears a spine. Forficula , represented by two species, has the abdomen broadest in the middle and the forceps depressed and basally dilated. F. auricularia , the European earwig, now dispersed virtually world-wide in temperate regions, can be a nuisance in gardens.

  • Elaunon bipartitus, male

  • Forficula auricularia