European earwigs (dermaptera)

The European earwig is distributed throughout the cooler parts of the northern hemisphere. They feed on other insects, plants, ripe fruit, and garbage. Typically they are a nuisance because of their diet, but normally do not present serious hazards to crops.

There is no evidence that earwigs transmit disease or otherwise harm humans or other animals, despite their nickname pincher bug. Some people believe that the name, earwig, comes from the idea that they like to burrow through the ear canal into a human's head and lay their eggs there. This belief, however, is not true.