San Diego County, California, US
Found by two kids dining near me at Free Bird Burrito!
There were lots of them.
On a sandy beach.
Maritime Earwig (Anisolabis maritima), Hayward Regional Shoreline, Alameda County, California - July 3 2010.
Earwig is the common name given to the insect order Dermaptera, characterized by membranous wings folded underneath short forewings, hence the literal translation of the order being "skin wings". The abdomen extends beyond the wings, and frequently ends in a pair of forceps-like structures called cerci. The order is relatively small among Insecta, with about 1,800 recorded species in 12 families. Earwigs are found in the Americas and Europe. There is no evidence that they transmit...