Earwigs are an order of insects that infest dark, damp places.
When Harry Potter was recovering in the hospital wing from his dementor-induced fall from his broomstick in 1993, Rubeus Hagrid sent him a bunch of yellow flowers that were infested with earwigs.
The password during the 1995–1996 school year for a shortcut between the fifth-floor and Herbology Corridors guarded by a portrait of Timothy the Timid was "Flaming earwigs".
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