The Saint Helena earwig (Labidura herculeana) is the world’s largest earwig from a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic. Its body length ranges from 36 to 54 millimeters. The largest known specimen is a male of about 78 mm long. The creature is also known as ‘Dodo of the earwigs’, since it is endemic to a small island and may even be extinct due to habitat loss as well as predation by introduced animals and birds. The earwig has not been seen alive since 1967 though there were three unsuccessful expeditions organized and sponsored by the London Zoo in order to find it. This species is listed as Endangered by the World Conservation Union. The full story of the earwig can be found here.
The Manchester Museum has got only two specimens, one male and one female, of this unique creature (see photo).
Dmitri Logunov, the Curator of Arthropods at the Manchester Museum, and two Manchester based artists, Ian Clegg and Angela Tait, are talking about the story of the Giant Earwig; watch here.