Earwigs Take Flight

I didn’t even know earwigs (Labidura riparia) had wings. The intricate way in which they fold up and extend for flight from under the fore-wing covers is one of those things in biology that sets a little voice at the back of your head whispering “design”.

Ten other insect species are shown taking flight, all captured at 6000 frames per second.


What incredible footage! I did not know what earwigs were, much less that they have such complex folding wings. Those forceps are pretty impressive, too.