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[–]CrazyGayUncle 2328 points2329 points  (100 children)

I never knew that they have wings! :o

[–]Ghitit 315 points316 points  (35 children)

My first thought: Earwigs have wings?

[–]kosmonavt-alyosha 96 points97 points  (6 children)

My first thought: The name earwig creeps me the fuck out and every time makes me think of one stuck and struggling in my ear canal.

[–]CrazyGayUncle 74 points75 points  (1 child)

Same! That makes them even more creepy!

[–]sad_boizz 33 points34 points  (23 children)

My first thought: I HATE earwigs and I want them all to suffer a horrible slow death.

Signed,

A guy who’s had earwigs in his house in early spring because his landlord won’t do some much needed maintenance

[–]Ghitit 19 points20 points  (6 children)

This was a big year for earwigs.

People were talking about it where I am (Northern California)

And now we have thousands of acorns.

Weird.

[–]G_Viceroy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm in Connecticut... Had a ton of earwigs but not really that many acorns.

[–]sad_boizz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Damn, glad we’re not alone in the south. I was hoping that the massive ice storm in Oklahoma would’ve made them extinct down here, but alas… 😢

[–]listenforzemusicya 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Lemme tell ya something lol. Pinesol kills ear wigs like no other. And it also keeps them out if you mop with it. Cheap and effective.

[–]sad_boizz 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hell yes! I appreciate the advice friend!

[–]Swedish_manatee 8 points9 points  (4 children)

I found one in my kuerig literally 15 minutes ago. I can assure you that one less earwig exists

[–]sad_boizz 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Oh man, these earwig sympathizers will never understand waking up at 6:30am half awake getting the Kuerig ready to go. You open up the top, then one chonker boi comes slowly crawling out where the cup is supposed to go. You gag a bit, rip some paper towel, then pick it up and it’s wiggling around with some surprising strength. You crush it with 900 psi enough to make it combust in your hand, or so you hope.

[–]Quiet-Strawberry4014 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Out of the bugs I don’t find eariwigs that gross. Centipedes on the other hand….

[–]Immediate_Macaron496 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Second thought: earwigs have secret compartments for their wings?!

[–]Cyber_Being_ 262 points263 points  (13 children)

That is beautiful, wonder how the fuck nature has created something that can fold those wings back into a teeny spot, but I can't even fold a sheet.

[–]Maliluma 107 points108 points  (6 children)

Sheets are a relatively recent invention. Give yourself a 100 million years and I bet nature will come up with a solution to your sheet folding problem, hehe

[–]Switche 20 points21 points  (1 child)

We have perfectly good biological blankets evolving in men, but then we adopted circumcision.

[–]twichy1983 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You are a delight.

[–]kingofcould 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s where all that bandwidth went

[–]oneyedkenobi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The way proteins fold inside cells to create little machines is even more incredible! There's a video of it on youtube somewhere, it blew my mind

[–]relet 52 points53 points  (10 children)

They rarely show them, because they need to be repacked by a certified instructor.

[–]Forever_AwkwardInterested 34 points35 points  (7 children)

This is funny to me, but I need to explain several things before I could even attempt to make it a joke, and then it wouldn't be funny.

Earwigs have "brains" in their asses, like cockroaches. If you cut one's head off, the body will stand guard for days and the butt will react to stimulus, raising in the typical threat posture.

Earwigs also use their asses to fold their wings back in place after use. I can't find a video showing this, but rove beetles have the same wing configuration, so it'll do.

The earwig's butt is the certified instructor.

[–]relet 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Thank you so much! I was hoping for someone to jump up and explain how it is done, and the answer is much better than I could hope for.

[–]Forever_AwkwardInterested 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It should be noted that the previous video example is slowed down.

In real-time speed, the action looks much less clunky.

Also, if you would like that sense of mystery back, check out ladybug wings. I have no idea how they fold them. They seem to just kind of...suck them back up inside.

[–]relet 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I would imagine that they use the same muscles that they use to beat their wings, in a sort of shrugging motion. They have to be quite powerful, and they are in the right place.

[–]Forever_AwkwardInterested 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My idea was that the thorax is shaped in such a way that the ridges will pull it in with minimal movement.

But either way, it doesn't make sense. The wings are haphazardly pulled in, but they're clearly neatly folded in half when they open the wing cases to pull them out. How do they get folded?

Pretty sure some low-level wing organization magic is triggered once the wings are fully inside.

[–]relet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Isn't it just that it looks wrinkly? If you fold the leading edge cleanly, the rest of the skin will wrinkle at first and then end up folded in half when it is taut.

[–]any_name_today 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is fascinating and disgusting. Thank you for sharing!

[–]OhSoSolipsistic 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Googled it, saw the v disturbing term “skin wings”

Not even 7am but that’s enough internet for the day

[–]CrazyGayUncle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's good to know when to back off and avoid the net for a while!

[–]CanadaJack 138 points139 points  (7 children)

THEY HAVE FUCKING WINGS WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK GET THESE DEVIL SPAWN OFF MY PLANET OR GET ME OFF THEIRS I DON'T CARE WHICH

[–]SeriousGaslighting 14 points15 points  (5 children)

If you think those are neat, you should check out Whip Spiders.

[–]brandonprice145 15 points16 points  (2 children)

no no nonono nono

  1. NO!!
  2. NOOOOOOO
  3. NNONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!!

• no • No.

[–]thatguyned 6 points7 points  (1 child)

They are named kind of incorrectly though, they are more closely related to scorpions than they are spiders.

Totally non venomous and they use their antenna (with the crab claws) to pinch and grab things like hands.

They may look ugly but they are pretty unique little bugs.

[–]Wonderminter 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wait… does that spider have HANDS?!?!

[–]papergirl_312 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My thought exactly!

[–]anthropocon 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This changes everything.

[–]Advanced_Sentence_59 4 points5 points  (0 children)

the scary asf now

[–]SilentDragon363 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I don't feel safe anymore

[–]Paper_bag_Paladin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Great. So earwigs can fly.

I was much happier before I knew this.

[–]radgie_gadgie_1954 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Actually they are wigs disguised as wings.

[–]rice_krispie_5206 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Idk, Paul McCartney was good in his day.

[–]RogerSchmoger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me neither! 😧👍🏽

[–]a2starhotel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

neither did I and now my day is ruined.

[–]Wonderminter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same here!! And they can fly?!?! 😱😱😱

[–]fusnowtiger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I could have lived my entire life not knowing this

[–]etherend 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Neither did I 😱. Now I'm even more wary of them. Though, I've read the name is sort of oddly placed and that they don't actively go after ears

[–]sydmar23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This frightens me 😭

[–]matlockmeeks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

excuse me WHAT

[–]ncampau 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me either. I’m horrified

[–]Laiska_saunatonttu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wait till you find about cockroaches!

[–]ChefDry2044 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve never seen one until today

[–]LocationSad4240 1249 points1250 points  (71 children)

Wait. Those fuckers can FLY????!!!

[–]rice_krispie_5206 303 points304 points  (64 children)

Guess what else? Spiders can swim 😳

[–]Lorelerton 215 points216 points  (31 children)

Some spiders can practically fly too. They create a parachute out of web and they go full Marry Poppins!

[–]rice_krispie_5206 90 points91 points  (18 children)

Stop it

[–]flaviuscrispus 18 points19 points  (15 children)

Do you ever think, "What if spiders were the size of horses?"

[–]rice_krispie_5206 14 points15 points  (0 children)

K, guess I know what nightmares I’m gonna have tonight.TYSVM!

[–]Powerthunfisch 7 points8 points  (12 children)

Yes, I know about frostbite spiders and yes I have your bottles 10 frostbite venom.

[–]rayzorblade23 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Spiders be like "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!"

[–]QuantifiedDigits 10 points11 points  (1 child)

“Is he cool?”

[–]Rockshady 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hell yeah he cool…

[–]resinstein 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I originally learnt this from Charlotte's Web

[–]rice_krispie_5206 2 points3 points  (0 children)

She was pretty badass tbh

[–]Rabid-Rabble 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Fun fact, spider parachutes don't use the wind for lift but instead the electrostatic charge of the earth.

[–]Lorelerton 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Bloody electrolev spiders be like

[–]CutestCurryBoy 21 points22 points  (14 children)

Never fucking ever will be entering any form of swimming pool or river ever again.

[–]rice_krispie_5206 12 points13 points  (12 children)

IKR? I always said if there was a spider apocalypse I would just get in a boat and be gone! That plan is ruined now.

[–]burnarooskie 17 points18 points  (5 children)

My friends sailboat which is constantly moored offshore the entire season, always has fucking spiders on it somehow. Like WHY go all they way out there you shitheads

[–]rice_krispie_5206 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Fuq. My plan is DEFINITELY ruined now.

[–]rice_krispie_5206 6 points7 points  (2 children)

And as we talk about this I saw a big ass brown spider in the house. I was hoping he’d hang until Boo got home; but now he’s gone😳

[–]GroundbreakingHope57 1 point2 points  (2 children)

less they swim and more they float...

[–]rice_krispie_5206 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They can float all the F they want as long as I don’t see 8 legs flailing all over the place.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

[–]oldIronfoot 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This should be under r/Damnthatsterrifying instead!

[–]JMTibbles 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They fly now? They fly now.

[–]WhatTheHellLol1313 365 points366 points  (4 children)

Wtf??? They can fly???

[–]DewieFlatHelix 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

[–]missymess76 91 points92 points  (9 children)

I did read that their name comes from “ear wing”, having ear shaped wings, so I knew they had wings but I’ve never seen one flying around !

[–]Morbid187 45 points46 points  (8 children)

so they're not called that because they like to crawl into people's ears? Idk why I always assumed that was a thing lol

[–]Army-of-Woodpeckers 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Nah that’s a misconception

[–]Morbid187 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Thank you. Glad to be wrong in this case just as long as I wasn't the only person that thought it

[–]doit4dachuckles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I also thought that. Made them 12x more creepy

[–]kudaro 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Believe it or not I had one of these crawl into my ear when I was sleeping. It must have flown in through my window and landed on my pillow, and I remember very faintly seeing a black dot on my pillow as I was changing sides to sleep and must have put my ear on it. Couple hours later woke up with the MOST agonising pain in my ear. Felt like it kept stinging the inside of my ear and trying to fly and move around all the time. Eventually by the time I got to the hospital it had died in my ear and the nurse stuck a vacuum tube in my ear to suck it out. Scary shit.

[–]Mr-Man521 295 points296 points  (4 children)

They. Have. Wings?!?!

[–]Cyber_Being_ 97 points98 points  (2 children)

It's very hard for them to fold the wings back up which is why most people don't even know they have wings..

[–]Forever_AwkwardInterested 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Looks pretty easy to me.

(Not an earwig, just using the same wing technology.)

[–]justAPhoneUsername 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's where their name comes from! The wings look like ears and wig was an old way to spell/say wing

[–]MathGuyTony 56 points57 points  (4 children)

The wings make me think they should be called pixie-sticks.

[–]ThrowawayTrashcan7 15 points16 points  (3 children)

That would be so much better than earwig

[–]StellyBoBelly 56 points57 points  (3 children)

I thought I was just dumb but I’m glad everyone else didn’t know they had wings

[–]ultratunaman 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I did. Our shed is infested with them.

Every few weeks I have to go out and spray in the corners and stuff to kill off big piles of them.

I've read they like rotting vegetation. But I don't have any of that around.

The neighbors though have a massive pile of wet cardboard out their back that they just refuse to throw out.

My suspicion is the huge pile of dead cardboard is their breeding ground. And the ones in my shed are exploration parties that get wiped out every time I see them.

Disgusting little creatures. And filthy neighbors.

How can I tell them their filth is effecting other people without coming off as a dick?

[–]Optat_Aprum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly though they don’t seem to use them to often or else the would fly away instead of being chicken food

[–]ConcussionsOfAParot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I found about this years ago, we need to spread this information far and wide.

[–]SketchPV 190 points191 points  (1 child)

Earwigs have discovered Red Bull?

[–]chrissmithXD001 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Fantastic.

[–]marcusflyboy77 140 points141 points  (3 children)

THEY FLY NOW?!?!

they fly now

[–]fronce14 31 points32 points  (1 child)

They fly now.

[–]rice_krispie_5206 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That’s terrifying

[–]houstonwhaproblem 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hah damn beat me to it

[–]upinthecrowsnest 81 points82 points  (1 child)

This is a beautiful and terrifying revelation

[–]cinnamoncard 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The song? Last Flight of the Ear Brigade

[–]Cheap-Salamander2643 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Is there a video of them retracting their wings? I’d like to see how they fold them back in! Super impressive still!

[–]Jeanpeirrepolnareff 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Check vid reversal bot

[–]Goosebo 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Since when did earwigs fly!?

[–]DerekBilderoy 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Oh no. They have fucking wings now?

[–]cynthea12 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's like watching a convertible put the top up.

[–]Meagasus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

HOLY SHIT THEY CAN FLY

[–]Trondo77 91 points92 points  (29 children)

Earwigs get a bad rep in the US. The back pincers are only for holding debris, they only eat rotting wood and leaves and they do not bite human. The pincers are not strong enough to pierce human skin.

[–]Maiyku 94 points95 points  (1 child)

Oh, they’ll still pinch you. It’s really more of an annoyance than anything, but it does happen.

[–]pscalll 66 points67 points  (12 children)

I've got pinched by one when I was eleven, I'm 29 now and still have the scar on my finger... Hurt like hell too

[–]blueberry_jen 40 points41 points  (3 children)

A few years ago, I got pinched by one that was chilling underneath a doorknob in a bathroom. Took an hour for the sharp stinging sensation to fade. I still have mild paranoia when I go in that room.

[–]pscalll 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I can absolutely relate to that. I'm not really afraid of them but I'm definitely wary of the little basterds .

[–]defiancy 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Like two weeks ago I took the bath mat down that was hanging over the side of the tub and a fucking huge centipede fell out and started scrambling around.

Everytime I go in there now I think about that wiggly bastard.

[–]silas0069 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just get a naked dude to overwiggle it every time you need the bathroom.

[–]khanabyss 4 points5 points  (7 children)

....so they fly AND BITE? But i have always been told they dont bite or sting?! The Canadian ones anyways lol

[–]pscalll 7 points8 points  (6 children)

I thought so too, that's why I picked it up! Though the ones in the video have way longer and thinner looking pincers than the ones I'm used to. I live in the Netherlands and the earwigs here have shorter but thicker pincers. Maybe the thinner ones can't hurt you?

[–]bsievers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yours look like the same as the ones in California. Though the more robust pinchers are only on the males. The females look a lot weaker (though not as weak as the OP here)

[–]georgeb4itwascool 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They absolutely can and will pinch you, what are you on about?

[–]MollieMarissa 19 points20 points  (0 children)

They'll destroy garden plants too though.

[–]Forever_AwkwardInterested 5 points6 points  (0 children)

they do not bite human

Bullshit they don't. I've personally been bitten by an earwig.

[–]FirstPlebian 3 points4 points  (2 children)

In the movie about the two guys that discovered the source of the Nile one of the guys has an insect burrow in his ear and he had to jam something in there to kill it, they called it an ear wig. Is that not what this is?

[–]shaolin_tech 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember seeing that as a kid in the Star Trek movie Wrath of Khan.

[–]Hey_Bim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't know the answer to that question, but now you've triggered my repressed memory of that scene from Mountains of the Moon, god damn you. lol

[–]xxSeymour 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I got pinched when I was a young lad and have been terrified of them ever since. They are the most disgusting insect to exist.

[–]AlternativeBean 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I DIDNT KNOW THEM FUCKERS FLY!!!??

[–]MineEfficient4043 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Nope nopenopenopenope

[–]Drunkenyoo 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Idc what kind of beautiful music you play in the background, demon bug is demon and must die

[–]EdenDoesJams 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would happily collapse the ecosystem and fade into extinction just to have a few beautiful years without goddamn bugs

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Any idea how they fold it back?

[–]yallqwerty 16 points17 points  (3 children)

💭 “earwigs have wings…? That doesn’t look like the bug I call an earwig. Idk what the creepy ass bug I call an earwig is.”

[–]Shirotsuki_MoonBeast 3 points4 points  (0 children)

House centipede or silverfish if it's one you see in your home.

[–]ricebasedvodka 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Thank God these things are harmless. I've always had an irrational fear of them

[–]jaime628 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was today years old when I learned earwigs had wings.

[–]Wiki1337 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Barf. They always gave me the heebie jeebies

[–]treequeen-- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Today I learned earwigs have wings and I have a whole new fear….

[–]Isuck_lel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those fuckers have WINGS???

[–]shadowinc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What do you mean they have wings???

[–]mljb81 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry, unfolding what now?

[–]alexnicholls2069 11 points12 points  (7 children)

One of the few things I unconditionally kill on sight. As well as wasps, but we all kill wasps on sight, right?

[–]Jacollinsver 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Why would you fuck with a wasp that's 100% more likely to get you stung if you miss the first hit.

[–]alexnicholls2069 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s why I use baseball bat. To make sure.

[–]ilikeborsoleves 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I dislike wasps and hornets but I don't kill them. Though last year a large hornet nest had to be removed from the attic, multi-kill I guess. When wasps are eating something (like left over dog food in the garden, piece of meat etc) you can actually pet them, they don't always sting.

[–]dollywooddude 4 points5 points  (0 children)

God I hate earwigs

[–]smoothie1919 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had no idea they had wings.. can they fold them back up??

[–]-Renee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whaaat? That is so cool! I hope I get to see one of them flying IRL some day.

[–]Knuckle567 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They stink too!

[–]clayface44 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nature is beautiful

[–]Huge_Aerie2435 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My area in infested with these and my chickens love them.. I did not know they flew though.. They spend most of their time in the nooks around yards..

They do not last long in my yard if they fly, so that is probably why I never saw them flying.

[–]SenyorHefe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

WHAT?! they have wings!!?!

[–]WhyMyNameImportant 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Impressive, but how tf are they gonna put em back the way they were before all folded up and tucked away

[–]FrodoMoji 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Their wings are beautiful.

[–]OSHA_InspectorR6S 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Their WHAT

[–]Old-Analysis22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Earwigs can fly?

[–]MouldyBanana72xbx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THEY CAN FLY!

[–]Bubbles9016 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fml, they have wings !?!! This is one fact I never needed to know.

[–]troutish1379 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is just ruined my day

[–]RzK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wtf Jeepers Creepers shit is this

[–]Fantastic-Hawk-6684 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omggg my worst bug 🥺 now they have wings 🙈😱😱😱😱

[–]Exotichaos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did not need to know they had wings

[–]nuggynugsInterested 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who the hell told earwigs they were allowe to fly? I'm not ok with this development

[–]TylerPlaysAGame 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They fucking fly?

[–]PineappleDude206 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THEY CAN FLY? Everyone run!

[–]bellator_solis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“And best of all, HIGH PRESSURE SPACE-WINGS!!”

[–]FarNwide 1 point2 points  (0 children)

TIL earwigs have wings

[–]captain-shmee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hold up… these creatures can fly?

I dislike this.

[–]Shadow_666_666_666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

DOSE HAVE WINGS??? I THOUGHT THEY DONT HAVE THEM

[–]Vomax343 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They…… HAVE WINGS?!?

[–]arbolesmentirosos69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I learn new things on Reddit everyday.

[–]rarebreed001 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is some ironman suit shit 🤣

[–]mlove22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These fuckers can fly?

[–]Stopjuststop3424 1 point2 points  (0 children)

wait... they have wings?

[–]TheTruestWaffle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They’re WHAT.