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An earwig feeds on a cluster of banana flowers at night in a suburban garden on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.   //  Earwig - Dermaptera - family and species not known. Earwigs feed on both plant and animal material - here it may be attracted to the nectar or pollen of the banana flowers. Earwigs are found in North & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, south to New Zealand./ Edible Banana - Musaceae: Musa acuminata x M. balbisiana - Height to 8m. leaves to 3m x 60cm width.  Biodiversity for bananas centres on south-east Asia throgh Indonesia  to New Guinea, where wild varieties can be seen in lowland rainforests.  Spread occurred westwards very early in human history, ultimately to almost all Islamic countries, and on into Africa. Two main food varieties occur - 'sweet' banana, edible as is with a sweet flavour and smooth texture; and 'cooking' banana or Plantain, very starchy with coarser, astringent flesh which makes the mouth pucker. These are usualy boiled or roasted before they can be eaten. World-wide, a staple in the diets of many third world countries.