The effects of various diets composed of millet leaves and stems, millet anthers, and animal prey on the development of Forficula senegalensis Serville were studied in the laboratory using mortality, duration of development, and weight at eclosion and at imaginal moult as comparative parameters. A diet of millet leaves and stems did not allow larvae to reach the adult stage. A diet of millet anthers allowed the production of adults, but with high mortality. When fed animal prey, the larvae developed adequately into adults, but with the mixed diet (prey and millet anthers) development was more rapid and the weight of the adults produced was greater. Millet leaves are probably not an important part of larval earwigs diet in their natural environment. They do, however, eat millet anthers and they may also feed on the insect fauna that lives on millet.