Doodlebugs in Our Classroom

Doodlebug is just another name for antlion.  They live in the dusty dry places around our homes and trees.  Several are visiting our classroom during our dinosaur theme.
Doodling along...

We watched our antlions doodle around in a shallow bowl before adding them to their habitat. They set traps while the students watched.

Antlion Habitat

The stick in the container is for an antlion to perch on should it change to the adult stage while in our classroom. The white cylinder is a film casing with a hole in the bottom so water can be added without making the sand on the surface wet.

Antlions can remain underground for one to two years. Once they go into the cocoon stage, they will emerge as adults in about 28 days.

Very interesting!

Behold, The Mighty Antlion

ROAR

“Doodlebug, doodlebug, come for your supper” is how the old nursery rhyme goes. This tiny creature is often overlooked as we go about our daily tasks. The little critter lurks underground in tiny sand funnels just the right size to trap ants. The sad news is that when we spray our yards, not only does the poison leech through to our aquifers, but it also kills this natural predator of the ant. The ants always seem to come back.

My students watch antlions in a small habitat in our classroom. Patience is required to be able to catch these tiny creatures moving about. It helps to add ants!

Watch an antlion guarding his trap!