What’s more fun than spending a hot summer day splashing around in a creek or pond with your kids? Below you’ll find a coloring page I created to help educate children (and adults!) about the wonderful diversity of insects and their relatives that inhabit the water, mud, pebbles and aquatic vegetation of most any watery realm. It’s easy to catch them with a fish net and a bucket to study their fascinating behavior and forms (please just return them to their aquatic home when you’re done admiring them!)

Capture-bugI originally drew these illustrations as part of a project in which I created over 100 illustrations for The Bug Book, A Guide to the Identification of Common Aquatic Benthic Macroinvertebrate Families of California and Western North America, produced by my colleagues at Sierra Streams Institute.


Download the Benthic Macroinvertebrate Coloring page