Forficulidae (predators)

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Doru taeniatum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Caroline Harding, MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Source: PaDIL


This family of earwigs contains a number of species which are considered to be effective predators of insect pests and are actively used in biological control programs. For example Forficula auricularia is regarded as a useful predator of aphids, scale insects and mites in orchards, although it can also cause some damage to fruits.

The species of Forficulidae have a bilobed 2nd tarsal segment. The 10th abdominal segment is well developed but 11th tergum is usually very small or absent.

The following genera are currently entered under this family: