University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
The bottom half of the acorn is the abdomen and the top half or 'hat' is the thorax. Glue a small seed to the top of the 'hat' for the head. If the 'hat' still has a point on it, it looks alot like a male dung beetle!
Many beetles have beautiful colors and patterns in nature. Check out a book on beetles from your local library to get ideas for painting and decorating your acorn "beetles".
Use straight or wiggly sticks. Paint in outrageous colors.
Insects All Year cartoon courtesy of C. Ware, copyright 1998
Photographs courtesy of S. Bailey, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology
Original document: 7 July 1995
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