Nigel Edmonds asked:
What do earwigs eat?
Helen - Earwigs fortunately donít eat our brains. Thatís a bit of a wivesí tale. They eat all sorts of stuff. They can eat plants, they can dig out dead things. Theyíre omnivores essentially so plants, flowers and other insects but I think we can rest assured they donít eat you.
Nigel Edmunds asked the Naked Scientists: What do earwigs eat? What do you think? Nigel Edmunds, Mon, 15th Dec 2008
Wikipedia - Earwigs
They are little buggers for eating fresh shoots on Clematis!!! Don_1, Mon, 15th Dec 2008
So they don't crawl into your ears and eat your brains?
So where does the name come from? Did someone wake up after a sleep in a field and discover one crawling around his ear?
Of all the little beasies that would fit in yer ear, I wonder why they chose that one to be given the name. Perhaps their colour is a bit like rich dried ear wax. Nice. lyner, Mon, 22nd Dec 2008