Maritime Earwig Anisolabis maritimaNon-native  Synonyms: Seaside Earwig.

Status:

"The native region of the species is uncertain, but the Mediterranean region from which they were described in 1832 seems a likely choice. The first collections of the Seaside Earwig in North America were from South Carolina in 1853, but they are now common throughout the East Coast of the US. The first records in Chesapeake Bay were in 1916, and it is present along much of the shoreline of the Chesapeake and the adjacent Atlantic coast." (SERC Marine Invasions Research Lab)

Description:

This species is wingless and features plain, uniformly colored antennae and legs.

Where to find:

Look under driftwood on beaches along the immediate coast and Chesapeake Bay.

There are 9 records in the project database.

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An adult Maritime Earwig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/14/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Maritime Earwig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/14/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A young Maritime Earwig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/8/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A young Maritime Earwig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/8/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A female Maritime Earwig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/2/2012). Verified by Ross Hill/BugGuide. Photo by Lynn Strauss. (MBP list)


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