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How to Draw a Roly Poly with the Sketchin’ Tech

Sketchin’ Tech is a fun, family-friendly drawing show on YouTube where you can draw all kinds of bugs. Some bugs are beneficial, some bugs are pests, but all are fascinating and fun to draw!     

In this episode, we will learn how to draw a roly poly. There are lots of names for a roly poly. Some of their other names are pill bugs, doodlebugs, woodlice, chiggy pigs, sow bugs, cheesy bugs, and potato bugs. Which one is your favorite? 

So, get your art supplies ready, and watch this video to start drawing.

Now that you’ve learned how to draw a roly poly with Rob, our Sketchin’ Tech – sharpen your skills with Catch the Art Bug! How to with Markers will help you take your drawings to the next level! We’re going to use our Roly Poly drawing from last week and show you how to make him bright and colorful! Click here to watch the video

Parents, here are some fun facts about roly polys you can share with your kids:

Roly Polys are originally from the Mediterranean and have traveled everywhere! You can find them in forests, gardens, and even in cities. They like places that are a bit damp and not too hot or cold. They hide under rocks or in the ground and live near people. They’re pretty good at making homes wherever humans are!

Roly-polies are unique creatures that are more like shrimp and crayfish than insects. They have gills to breathe, just like fish, even though they live on land! When it’s humid, they can drink water from the air to stay hydrated. Lots of crustaceans, including roly polies, have a special thing called hemocyanin in their blood. Hemocyanin has copper in it, unlike our blood, which has iron. When pill bug blood has oxygen in it, it looks blue, kind of like how our blood is red! How cool is that?

Roly poly bug, Armadillidium vulgare, trying to get on his feet again. High quality photo

Whenever Roly Polys sense danger, they have the most incredible ability to roll themselves into a ball! Regardless of how small they are, animals, even bugs, will find a way to protect themselves.

Roly Polys, like crabs, carry their eggs in a special pouch under their belly. When the baby pill bugs hatch, they stay in this pouch for a few days before they go out to discover the world by themselves. It’s like having a little fanny pack for their babies!

Experts say nearly 80% of homeowners deal with pest problems. At Fox Pest Control, we include roly polys in our Home Protection Plan. We treat your home throughout the year, so you don’t have to worry about pests invading your space. 

Thanks for joining the Sketchin’ Tech! We can’t wait to draw with you again! 

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