insection identification

Asked August 20, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

Which insect is this?

Outside United States

1 Response

The insect in your photo is a type of earwig, Order Dermaptera. There are many different types of these insects found in most tropical and semitropical areas of the world. Your request only indicates you are from outside the United States, so I don't know where in the world this was found, but even if I did, I may not be able to identify it more specifically. I suspect it belongs to the family Labiduridae, which are commonly called striped earwigs. Earwigs in general are omnivores, eating both plant and animal matter. They will feed on leaves, flowers, fruits as well as soft-bodied insects found on those plants. Earwigs are basically harmless to humans.The pincers are not very strong, and humans would barely feel a pinch from them. I have included a link to a website with more information , or you could search for earwig or Dermaptera to find more photos and information.