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Developed by Patricia L. Lucas, IPM Specialist
Kentucky IPM Program, University of Kentucky


Bug-go is designed to help the players learn to identify some insects while learning which insects are beneficial and interesting facts about others. The game should be played similar to the game bingo.

What You Need to Play

  • Information sheets and instructions
  • Bug-go player game cards
  • Insect line drawings (Flash cards)

To play you will need the Bug-go cards which can be printed from the links listed below. You will also need the line drawings of the insects which can be printed and cut apart to be made into flash cards or overheads to help the players recognize the insects as you call them out. (Note: if you find part of the printed player card or flash card is cut off by your printer, try setting the page margins to zero (no page margins) under the Page Setup option of your browser before printing.)

You will also need small pieces of paper, pennies or other objects to give the players to cover an insect if it should be called and is present on their cards. Small prizes make the game more exciting.

The information sheets contain a list with information about each of the insects on the Bug-go cards. The list can be cut apart and placed in a box or large envelope for drawing the insects.

How to Play

Play the game by drawing a slip of paper with the insect name and information from the box. Depending on the age of the players, you may also want to show a picture of the insect. If an insect is present on a player's card, they cover the insect with a marker. Players win when they have "bug-go," that is when they have covered insects in a row either vertically or horizontally.

Information Sheets and Instructions
Player Game Cards (5 different cards)
Card 1
Card 2
Card 3
Card 4
Card 5
Insect Line Drawings (Overhead Transparencies or Flash Cards) (9 pages of line drawings identifying each of 34 insects)
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9

Please feel free to copy and distribute any of this material for your own personal use or for use in the classroom, but please give credit to the author and the Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Program. This material is not available for commercial use.

Kentucky IPM

Original document: 6 January 2000
Last updated: 1 March 2000

Scoutcat logo courtesy of C. Ware, copyright 2000

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