Insect Activities

Insect Tunnel Rubbing Activity

Beetle tunnels make great rubbing designs.
Beetle tunnels make great rubbing designs.

Turn beetle tunnels into works of art with this one-of-a-kind insect tunnel rubbing activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Fallen log
  • Paper
  • Colored pencil
  • Crayon

When you go for a walk in the woods, look for a fallen log. If the bark has fallen off or is loose, you may see tunnels made on the log by beetles. The tunnels make interesting designs.

You can preserve the designs by making a rubbing of the tunnels. Put a sheet of paper over the tunnels and rub over the paper lightly with a colored pencil or the side of the crayon. Can you trace the path the beetles made?

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