Insect identification

Asked May 16, 2018, 3:42 PM EDT

Can you identify this bug? Saw these near the side of a deck after moving back landscape rock. They are the size of termites but not sure if they are actually young eariwigs or something else?

Broomfield County Colorado

1 Response

Thanks for your question!

The insect pictured is a nymph (juvenile form) of an earwig. In the case of the location that you are reporting from, it is most likely a European earwig (the most common species in Colorado).
Earwigs are a very common insect, and depending on the situation, they are often considered beneficial. They are omnivores, and feed on a variety of things including other insects (such as aphids).

You can see examples of additional juvenile earwigs here:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/360455

And you can learn more about them here:
http://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/insect/05533.pdf