Earwigs are nocturnal, meaning that they are active at night. They undergo five stages of molting or ecdysis each year. When earwigs (at this stage, referred to as nymphs) are hatched from eggs, they are very similar to their adult form, except for their wing buds, undeveloped forceps and their molting line, also known as ecdysial line. This line is where the nymphs will shed their outer covering and eventually become an adult earwig. While young earwigs are developing, female earwigs care for their young by watching over them and the nest until they undergo their second molt.
Earwigs typically prefer the outdoors, finding themselves indoors only when being accidentally carried in on a plant or other item. Earwigs prefer dark and moist areas and are usually found in dark crevices or basements.
Earwigs are typically omnivorous, but prefer ripe fruit and other plant matter. In addition to decaying or live plant matter, earwigs are also known to prey on arthropods like fleas, mites, or insect eggs.
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