Fig Beetle

INTRODUCTION:
Hello! Let's learn about the Fig Beetle! The Fig Beetle is a member of the Scarab family. It lives in the Sonoran Desert. It likes to eat fruit, especially figs. Its colors are metallic green and copper. It reproduces by laying eggs under the ground. Its larvae crawl around on their backs.

WHO AM I?

I am a large, metallic green beetle from the scarab family. I live in the desert. I get my name because I love to eat figs and other juicy fruit.

WHERE DO I LIVE?
I live in the Southwestern region of the United States.

WHAT DO I EAT?
I like to eat ripe, juicy fruits. I also eat the leaves of plants. My larvae chew on plant roots.

HOW DO I LOOK?
I am a large green or copper-colored beetle.

HOW DO I REPRODUCE?
I lay eggs in the ground from which larvae emerge. My larvae spend the winter underground. During summer, they crawl out of the earth as full-grown adults.

FUN FACT ABOUT ME?
Sometimes, at night, my larvae emerge from the soil and crawl around on their backs. 

ACTIVITIES:
Kindergarten: Print, then color the Fig Beetle Coloring Sheet from the attachments section below. You will need a copper or brown crayon and a green crayon.
1st Grade: Print, then color and label the Fig Beetle Coloring Sheet from the attachments section below. You will need a copper or brown crayon and a green crayon. Label these parts: compound eye, mandibles, antenna, head, thorax, abdomen, and legs.
2nd/3rd Grade: Print, then complete the Fig Beetle Word Search from the attachments section below. Find the solution in the attachments section below.


YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ME BELOW

Organic Garden Info
This is a website containing information about the physical appearance of garden pests and where they live.
Waynes World
This is a website with information about natural history and biology.
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Jordan Jones,
Sep 25, 2011, 6:41 PM
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Jordan Jones,
Sep 25, 2011, 6:40 PM
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Jordan Jones,
Sep 25, 2011, 6:40 PM
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