I've had this discussion with my sister a number of times, whether or not earwigs can fly. Most people don't know it, but earwigs do have wings(most species atleast) I've heard about them flying, but never seen it. I've been looking into this one for a long time now but have no really grounded sources.
My sister poses the argument that ostriches have wings but can't fly. Still, earwigs wings are quite large, they are just tucked in very tightly. I can't think of any insect with wings that can't fly. There's also the possibilty that they are in an evolutionary transition.
So... when would they fly? at night? during mating? I know that if you throw one off a ledge it'll just fall.
I'm aware that there are a lot of different species of earwigs... a few thousand i think. any input on this would be a great help.