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Why are earwigs called earwigs?


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Their English name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ear-wicga, which roughly means, the “ear wiggler.” Some say earwigs have a liking for crawling into the ears of sleeping humans, boring into our brains and laying their eggs there. But this is more of a wive’s tale than a scientific truth.

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The name earwig has been extracted from a European superstition that they crawl into the ears. The name Earwig is said to have emerged from old English

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