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Order of insects belonging to the beneficials count in the fight against vine pests. But they are pests, as it were, because they like to eat plant-based food. The best known species is the common earwig (Forficula auricularia). The development runs over a whitish, oval egg over four to five larval stages up to the sex animals. The male grows to 10 to 16 millimeters in size, the female 9 to 14 millimeters. The maroon animals are armored and have powerful pliers at the end of the body, which are used to grasp the prey and to grasp the female rear while mating. Wintering takes place as an adult animal in the ground, in which around 60 eggs are laid by each female in winter to spring. Even after hatching, the larvae are still supplied with food. Adult animals search for food at night. It will aphids and small caterpillars (e.g. owls caterpillars ) consumed. But also ripe fruits (including grapes), as well leaves. shoot tips and flower parts are bitten and sucked out. Large-scale damage to the vineyard is extremely rare. See also under Vine enemies,


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