Adults: Adult Earwigs are flat and long in shape. Like all insects, the body structure comprises three main segments: the head, thorax and abdomen; possessing 6 legs. A characteristic of earwigs is the additional appendages seen on the rear abdominal region. These curved, pointed appendages are pincer-like, their official name being 'cerci'. These are also seen in cockroaches. Most species are black or brown, however in some cases can be cream, white or red. The membranous wings unfold like paper fans, protected by the hardened forewings (Tegmina).
Nymphs: The nymphs look a lot like their parents, apart from they're smaller in size and paler in colour.
Eggs: Earwig females lay their eggs in small burrows which they guard until nymphs are old enough. It's unusual for insects to offer this kind of prolonged care for their offspring.