Uncommon Earwig in Dominican Amber

Name: Fossil Amber Insects: Dermaptera (Earwig)

Age: Oligocene - Miocene

Size: (25.4 m= 1 inch): Amber: 15 mm long , 6 mm across , 0.3 grams

Location: Region near Santiago, Dominican Republic

Earwig In Dominican AmberDescription: This piece of amber houses an uncommon inclusion; a 4 mm long Earwig, a member of the Order Dermaptera. The earwigs are nocturnal insects. They are easily identified by the cerci (‘pinchers” at the end of the abdomen. They derive their common name from the unfounded old superstition thay they have a tendency to get into peoples ears. They are infrequently found as inclusions.

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