The adult earwig has a reddish-brown body nearly 16mm in length, a reddish head and yellowish legs. The male has forceps-shaped forceps and the female has rather a straight forceps.
The earwig feeds on dead or living plants and/or insects with a preference for plants and can sometimes attack flowers and vegetables in the garden.
The earwig is a nocturnal insect hiding during the day near dark and humid places such as under stones, mulch, fire logs and any other material offering protection and humidity.
The female lays between 30 and 50 eggs in the places where she hides and takes care of the newly hatched nymphs.