Archive
2014
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
2013
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2012
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2011
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2010
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2009
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2008
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2007
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2006
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Nov. 28, 2012

Earwigs: Beating a Bad Rap

by The Bug Chicks

Click to enlarge images
Many insects are pegged with a bad reputation.  While this is warranted in such cases as mosquitoes that transmit malaria, bed bugs and lice that are nuisance pests, or locusts that devour crops, some insects are maligned for no good reason.  Earwigs are a great example.  Many people we speak with fear these small, flat, brown insects.  The myth that they crawl into your ears and burrow into your brain is pervasive and hard to shake. 
 
What better way to conquer baseless fears than with a little education?  Check out our video exploring the biology, mating, and impact of these harmless insects.

About The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks. They each have Masters Degrees in Entomology and love to teach people about insects and spiders.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

Science Friday® is produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Science Friday® and SciFri® are registered service marks of Science Friday, Inc. Site design by Pentagram; engineering by Mediapolis.

 

topics