Insect Hunts

The Underside of Nature

Look for insects under rocks.
Look for insects under rocks.

There's a whole side of nature that no one ever sees -- the underside of nature! See what lives under a rock.

The Underside of Nature

Take a walk in a wooded area. When you come across a big rock, turn it over. You'll be amazed at the busy world that's under there. Check out all the creatures that live under the rock.

Do you recognize any of them? You might find beetles, worms, or centipedes. You might even find an entire ant colony hidden from sight! Many types of creatures will make their home under a rock during the day and come out at night, when they are protected by darkness.

After your visit, be sure to put the rock back exactly as it was, so life on the underside can get back to normal.

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The following crafts were designed by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.

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