Did you know beetles make up about 40% of insect species?
Beetles have a tough exoskeleton ( outer skeleton ) and hard forewings; like all insects, their bodies are made up of three parts: the head, thorax and abdomen. Different beetle species have different appendages, but I have kept things simple for this activity.
Build a beetle
Print out the beetle below and cut it into separate parts for each number.
The idea of the game is that all the bits start in the middle, and each player retrieves a body part depending on the number rolled on a die.
The first player to build a complete insect wins.
We also made the same game using play-doh parts.
Beetle Fun Facts
The hard exoskeleton is made of plates called sclerites.
The head – contains antennae, eyes and a mouth.
Adult beetles have two sets of wings.
Some have remarkable eyes which allow them to see above and below the waterline.
A single beetle can lay thousands of eggs in its lifetime.
Ladybirds are a kind of beetle.
Insect Extension Activities
Can you draw a picture of a beetle and remember all the body parts?
Can you find any beetles in your garden and identify the body segments with a magnifying glass?
Last Updated on January 17, 2023 by Emma Vanstone