How to Draw a Bombardier Beetle

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bombardier Beetle in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Bombardier Beetle.

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How to Draw a Bombardier Beetle - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the head and of the Bombardier Beetle using short, wavy lines. Use short, curved lines to draw both the mandibles.

Step 2: After that, draw and fill in both the eyes of the beetle.

Step 3: Draw the first part of the beetle’s thorax or pronotum using wavy lines. This part is almost the same size as the beetle’s head.

Step 4: Draw a big, rounded rectangle shape for the beetle’s body.

Step 5: Draw three thin legs on each side of the body as shown in the image. The back legs are longer than the front ones. Draw tiny hairs on the legs.

Step 6: Draw two long and thin tube shaped antennae on either side of the head, near the mandibles. Draw the joints of the antennae using small lines across the antennae. Now the drawing of the Bombardier Beetle is complete and you can color it.

Interesting Facts about Bombardier Beetles

Bombardier Beetles are beetles that live underground in wooded areas. They live everywhere except Antarctica. The Bombardier Beetle is a colorful bug, it head is a shiny yellow or red and the rest of them is black. They eat other insects and hang out in colonies of Bombardier Beetles when they aren’t looking for food. Their prime hunting time is night. Even the insect larvae are meat eaters. Bombardier Beetles grow to about 6 to 9 millimeters long.

Did you know?

  • When a Bombarier Beetle feels threatened, it shots smelly gas out of its body to distract predators while it gets away.
  • When the beetle releases its chemical, it pumps its body 70 times it only takes a total of a second.
  • Although found most places, the most common place to see a Bombardier Beetle is Europe.
  • There are 500 species of Bombarier Beetle.
  • Even though the Bombardier Beetle has wings, it can’t fly.

Lesson Plan Note: Introduce your students to the world of beetles. The insects are on every continent and have a wide variety of habits to study. The Bombardier Beetle can be part of that as well as countless others.