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Beetle Printouts

Beetles are a type of insect (a type of invertebrate, animals that lack a backbone). Beetles constitute the largest order of insects (order Coleoptera, meaning "sheath wing"). Beetles (like all insects) have a hard exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), two compound eyes, three pairs of jointed legs, and two antennae. The legs and wings are attached to the thorax. In beetles, the front pair of hardened wings forms the elytra, which protect the hind wings. Beetles (like all insects) breathe through holes called spiracles.

Metamorphosis: Beetles hatch from eggs. They undergo complete metamorphosis consisting of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. An egg hatches into a larva (sometimes called a grub - which sometimes looks like a worm but can also look like a tiny lizard or insect). After molting many times (shedding the hard exoskeleton which has been outgrown), it develops a hard outer shell, the puparium, and the beetle undergoes tremendous physiological changes (although it is seemingly inactive during this stage) - this is the pupa. It emerges from the puparium as an adult beetle.

Worldwide Species: There are about 350,000 different species of beetles and many more that have not been discovered yet. Insects evolved during the early Permian Period, 265 million years ago (before dinosaurs evolved). Beetles live all over the world (except on the continent of Antarctica or in the oceans); they live in regions ranging from deserts to mountains to rainforests. Most beetles are not aquatic, but a few species live in the water during their adult life stage. The word beetle comes from the word "bite" in old English.

Well-known Beetles: Some well-known beetles include the ladybug (also called the ladybird - helpful in the garden), the firefly, scarab beetles (including the Goliath and Hercules beetles), rove beetles (that superficially look like earwigs), jewel beetles (beautiful agricultural pests), click beetles, weevils, leaf beetles (like the potato beetle), ground beetles (like the bombardier beetle and tiger beetle), diving beetles, and mealworms (which metamorphosize into darkling beetles).

Classification of Beetles: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Arthropoda (arthropods), Class Insecta (insects), Order Coleoptera (beetles), about 150 Families.

The following is a sampling of beetles:


Beetle Anatomy Label Me! Printout

Label the beetle's external anatomy on this printout.
Answers


Darkling Beetle Page

The yellow mealworm is the larval stage of the darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor).
mealworm life cycle

Darkling Beetle Life Cycle

The yellow mealworm is the larval stage of the darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor).
mealworm life cycle

Darkling Beetle Life Cycle
Label Me! Printout

Label the life cycle of the yellow mealworm, from egg to larva to pupa to adult. Or go to the answers.


Firefly/Lightning Bug

The firefly (also known as the lightning bug) is a luminescent flying insect.


Ladybug
(or Ladybird)

Tiny flying insects that eat garden pests.
mealworm life cycle

Mealworm Life Cycle

A printout on the yellow mealworm life cycle (Tenebrio molitor).
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Mealworm Life Cycle
Label Me! Printout

Label the life cycle of the yellow mealworm, from egg to larva to pupa to adult. Or go to the answers.


Mealworm Quiz

Ten questions on the mealworm/darkling beetle. Or go to the answers.
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Africa Antarctica Arctic Asia Australia Europe North America South America
Coral Reef Desert Grassland Pond Coniferous Forest Ocean Temperate Deciduous Forest Tropical Rainforest Tundra More Biomes
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In addition to printing the animals, you can copy a printout (click here for instructions) and paste it into a painting program (like Paint) and color the animal there. (Thanks to Grace P. from Thorngrove School for this great idea.)


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