Earwigs of Sudan

Labidura riparia is a species of earwig in the family Labiduridae. They are characterized by their modified cerci as forceps,and light tan color.

They have two dark longitudinal stripes down the length of the pronotum.Their body size varies greatly, ranging from 16 mm to 30 mm, with 10 abdominal segments. Males have much larger and stronger curve, while females have smaller, straighter forceps with a slight curve at the end.Earwigs are predators and they use these forceps to assist in predation, defense, sexual selection, courting and mating, and wing folding.

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