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What are these insects I believe are eating the leaves of my hydrangeas? enter image description hereenter image description here

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Looks to me like an insect of the order Dermaptera (earwig):

Forficula auricularia (Forficula auricularia)

They like water and so do hydrangeas. Advice of how to deal with them at: Rodale's Organic Life.

Basically, clear away damp hidey-holes from where you do not want the earwigs and add traps (eg moist newspaper, fish oil in sunken cans) to gather them together for ease of relocation (they are not without benefit to a garden), or disposal.

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