Why an Earwig is called so?

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Why an Earwig is called so?

Earwigs are abundantly found in many places in the world. They are not observed to be causing any harm to the humans. They also do not transmit any disease to either humans or other animals. The pincers they possess are believed to cause harm to humans and hence are considered dangerous. There is a popular legend that earwigs can enter into ears and reach the brain to lay eggs in it. Earwigs are rarely found inside the ears and they are observed to inhabit at dark and damp areas. So, earwigs are less expected to be in the bedrooms to enter into our ears. The name earwig has been extracted from a superstition originated from Europe that they crawl into the ears.
The name Earwig is said to have emerged from old English. The word ear is combined with the word ‘wicga, which means ‘the insect,. The name earwig has come into existence as the insect goes into the ear. This terminology also might have been derived from the French name ‘perce-oreille, which means ‘ear piercer,. There is another explanation for this name earwig as having originated from Late Latin ‘auricular,. This Latin terminology is mentioned on behalf of the ground earwigs which are used as medicine for treating the diseases related to the ear. Yet another description for earwigs is that it has originated from ‘Ear wings, which describes the shape of the insect’s hind wings when unfolded.
There is also another version which says that earwigs are not harmful to humans and they feed on plants only. Avoiding damp and dark places in the outdoors as well indoors can avoid survival of earwigs near your house. They are known to stay very deep in the ground even below 6 feet in order to avoid dry weather. Whether Earwig causes harm to the humans or not, it is definitely known to cause damage to the crops.

Author: Hari M

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