The ear beetle or "common earwig" is said to crawl into a person's ears and use pliers to pierce the eardrum to lay its eggs in the brain. But in fact, the ear beetles pose no danger to the human hearing organs.
Ear beetles as an ancient remedy
The name of the insect came about as follows: From antiquity to the early modern age, medicine used ear-pinchers in powder form for ear diseases - such as inflammation or deafness, which, by the way, was useless, as is now known. When this medical practice was forgotten, only the Latin name "auricula" remained. Since "auris" means "ear" in Latin, people used to speak of ear beetles.0 comments Login to comment