This coloring page features the four* groups of arthropods, one of my favorite crews!
*The four extant groups, that is. There is one extinct group of arthropods, those are the trilobites. They didn't make it into this picture...
Insects have three body parts and they are organized by function. The head has the senses: eyes, antennae, mouth. (Did you know insect ears are on their thorax, not their head? So weird.)
This picture features a grasshopper, ant, and damselfly. They look hungry, can you add some food?
This beetle is one of Jen's pets, "Holey". She is a Death Feigning Beetle with a hole in the side of her shell. Can you give her color and also some fun things to do?
Butterflies start out as an egg that hatches into a larva that we call a caterpillar. That caterpillar eats and grows until it is ready to make the big change! During metamorphosis, it is called a pupa, then it emerges as an adult! Butterflies aren't the only insect that grows this way. Beetles, flies, bees, and more! This is the holometabolous life cycle.
Walking sticks look the same whether they are a baby or an adult! This means that they are hemimetabolous like praying mantises.
Unlike butterflies, praying mantis hatchlings look just like their adult! They grow and grow without ever going through a big change. We call this type of development "hemimetabolous". Mantises, dragonflies, earwigs, and walking sticks are hemimetabolous. Hemimetabolous. It's nice to say aloud.
Dragonflies cruise around this pond habitat. A cloud (or "lek") of gnats looks like a good place to hunt! Can you add more details to this setting?
One of Jen's favorite insects! Crane flies are fragile, gentle fairies. Whenever one visits Jen's home, she captures it with a cup-and-card and feeds it sugar water from a cotton ball before letting it go. Crane flies are such large insects, we can study their anatomy while they feed. Those halteres make Jen swoon!
Praying mantises put their eggs in a foam casing called an ootheca ("ooh-ooh-THEEK-uh"). It's a strange and mysterious object, like a foam walnut but full of hundreds of eggs. This drawing page explores the outer and inner anatomy of an ootheca as well as a few new hatchlings! What else can you add? More babies?
Cabbage white butterflies are fluttery harbingers of spring. Jen plants kale just for butterflies to lay eggs on so she can keep track of their life cycles all summer long! This decoy kale helps protect her kitchen-garden, too;)
A search for insects in their habitat! Clues describe your targets, can you find all 15?
Sometimes arthropods can give Jen the heebie-jeebies, so she practices giving everyone a cape, unicorn horn, or tutu for fun! It helps. What else can you add to arthropods to make you laugh?