The distribution of A. media ranges from southern Sweden in the north to Greece in the south, and from Portugal in the west to Ukraine in the east. It is one of only four native species of earwig in the United Kingdom, although three further species have been introduced. In the United Kingdom, it is only found in the south-east, which has the most continental climate. It is widespread in East Kent, and is also found in Essex and Suffolk. It may have arrived in Great Britain via a land bridge over the North Sea known as Doggerland.
Apterygida media is thought to have been a common insect in the hop gardens of Kent until the introduction of pesticides. It is now found chiefly in warm hedges and woodland edges, particularly on field maples (Acer campestre).
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- Media related to Apterygida media at Wikimedia Commons