The doodlebug digs a funnel in the sand and goes to the bottom of the funnel, covering his whole body with sand. Then he shakes the sand off his mouth and waits for an ant to fall into the hole so he can eat it.

This rhyme is chanted at a doodlebug's hole to try to get him to come up and show himself. Sometimes the person will also put a thin stick into the hole to try to lure the doodlebug up.

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Notes

It's interesting to note that there's a very similar rhyme that's chanted to ladybugs.

Another Version:

Doodlebug, doodlebug
House on fire
Doodlebug, doodlebug,
Come on out!

Other Version:

Doodle bug, doodle bug,
Come up and get some
Of this bread and butter!

And:

Doodle bug, doodle bug,
Come to supper
I'll give you some
Bread and butter!

Sometimes this is simply chanted:

"Doodlebug! Doodlebug! Doodlebug!"

Interesting Facts: When the doodlebug moves the soil it creates doodles in the sand or dirt. That's why it's called a doodlebug! The doodlebug is the larva stage of the ant-lion. The adult ant-lion is a flying insect that resembles a dragonfly.

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Check out the poem by James Whitcomb Riley called The Doodle-Bug's Charm. It's about trying to get a doodlebug to come out of its hole.

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You can watch the man in the video below catch a doodlebug and chant this rhyme at around 1:15. He talks about how to spot a doodlebug trap first. [Afterwards, he talks about cooking them up and eating them! I'm not sure if that's a joke or not! So please don't eat doodlebugs unless an expert says it's ok.] Here's the version he chants:

Doodlebug, doodlebug
House on fire
Doodlebug, doodlebug,
Come on out!

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The lady in the video below is chanting "Doodlebug, doodlebug, come on up!"

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In the video below you can see a doodlebug moving the soil. This creates doodles in the sand or dirt. That's why they're called doodlebugs!
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