Nocturnal. European Earwigs can occur in large numbers at times. They can be a pest as they damage young plants. Adults can use their pincers in defense, twisting their abdomen forward over their head or sideways to fight an enemy, often another earwig.
A pair of long, pointed tail pincers. Dark brown body.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Rarely seen flying, but when ready to take flight the adults usually climb and take off from an elevated object.
Omnivore. Eats aphids, spiders, caterpillar pupae, leaf beetle eggs, scale insects and springtails. Also eats vegetable matter including flowers, fungi and algae.
Hides in leaf debris, cracks and crevices during the day. Can be found on flowers at night.