Albino Earwigs

The other day while doing what I normally do, which is crawling under and around houses in search of bugs I found a completely ‘white’ earwig. I’ve seen many white roaches in my time but I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen a white earwig. Of course I had forgotten my camera and scooping him up with big leather gloves was out of the question. (I didn’t want to hurt the little guy)

Earwigs grow via gradual or incomplete metamorphosis which is a fancy way of saying the young look like the adults. From birth they molt 4 to 6 times over a 10 week span which consists of shedding their now to small exoskeleton. The new outer shell is larger and allows them to keep growing until they get to big for it as well and they need to molt again. Normally earwigs are brown in color but right after molting they are white for a short period of time while the color is manifested as the body fluids flow and their new skeleton hardens.

Since earwigs are nocturnal and spend the day light hours hidden it is not often that you would get to see this stage in their growth process. It’s usually when you unearth a plant or moist hiding place that you may see a white earwig. Molting is not an easy task as it takes a lot of energy for an insect and they are almost completely defenseless at this time. For this reason they tend to hide deeper in seclusion during this time for protection so it’s not likely you would find one just by chance. But fear not, if you don’t catch him this time you have 4 or 5 more chances till the end of summer or you can always wait until spring.

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  • I was putting my last Netflix movie in my mailbox to return, when I looked in and saw all these gross earwigs! I was about to poke them and try to move them out with a stick when I saw… an albino earwig! I looked online to see if they were rare, and I saw this website and your post. Was it rare that I found one? I tried to take a picture and capture it, but it fell into the grass and then climbed up to the mailbox again. It’s probably still in my mailbox. What should I do?
    – Molly 🙂
    p.s. I am 11 years old and I am putting my dad’s email on this.

  • I was putting my last Netflix movie in my mailbox to return, when I looked in and saw all these gross earwigs! I was about to poke them and try to move them out with a stick when I saw… an albino earwig! I looked online to see if they were rare, and I saw this website and your post. Was it rare that I found one? I tried to take a picture and capture it, but it fell into the grass and then climbed up to the mailbox again. It’s probably still in my mailbox. What should I do?
    – Molly 🙂
    p.s. I am 11 years old and I am putting my dad’s email on this.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Molly,
    It’s not so rare that it happens because all earwigs go through this as they grow. It is sort of rare to see it though because they hide really good during this time of the process because they are more vulnerable and defenseless.
    If you’re worried about the earwigs in your mailbox you can have your Dad spray where you see them and that should work to keep them out for awhile but they are harmless so don’t worry too much.

    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Molly,
    It’s not so rare that it happens because all earwigs go through this as they grow. It is sort of rare to see it though because they hide really good during this time of the process because they are more vulnerable and defenseless.
    If you’re worried about the earwigs in your mailbox you can have your Dad spray where you see them and that should work to keep them out for awhile but they are harmless so don’t worry too much.

    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • Earwigs  do have a strong mouth and teeth which they can use to bite you.  Although they do not normally bite people , they can if cornered.   Those  pincers  on their rear end are in addition to their mouth.   I put a dozen earwigs into a bottle and then put my erect cock in the bottle. They climbed over my cock, used their pincers which I could hardly feel, then some of them  used their mouths to bite  my cock, it was quite a bite but bearable. after receiving a dozen of their mouth bites, I released them. There was a little red spot at the bite but otherwise nothing else. the red spot went away in a few days without treatment.

  • Mandykelley86

    I live in a third floor apartment and occasionally at night we leave the door open and the last few weeks white earwigs are appearing in my apartment!! I guess I should consider myself lucky that I didn’t have to dig for them?

  • lol-at least you have your humor! Check out my other earwig articles and many comments. I’m sure you’ll find a solution to help. http://pestcemetery.com/category/earwigs/

  • jess

    not kiddiing… this EXACT thing just happened to me. putting my netflix in my mailbox and i see like 20 or so earwigs. and one white one so i came online to see what was up and i find this. lol small world. cool creatures 🙂

  • Someone should check out the Netflix shipping HQ… Could be a serious infestation 😉

  • epidemic????