Note: Do not rely on this information. It is very old.
Earwigs, a family of Orthoptera (q.v.), known as the Forficulidae, of vihich Forficula auricularis (L.) is the commonest English species. The popular name is derived from the fact that specimens have at times managed to get into the ear. The eggs are watched with great care by the parents. The earwigs live mainly on plants and flowers.