Origami Insects & Bugs

Realistic origami insects are hard to make because insects have so many legs. Not to mention, some bugs have prominent antennae, pincers, and appendages. A square sheet of paper, has 4 corners, so it is easy to make things with 4 segments. Making things with more than 4 segments is harder.

Ants, beetles, spiders, flies, and other multi-limbed creatures are more challenging to make. Some designers go to great lengths to fold a sheet of square paper into a realistic origami insects. However, some people bypass the problem by allowing the paper to be cut at designated places to achieve similar results with half the pain.

Below is a list of origami insects and bugs. You can infer how challenging the model is by the number of folding steps involved. If possible, use thin paper and fold precisely so the layers stack and compress flat.





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 #Steps
55
78

9
14
102

28
32
40
24
41
87
104

7
29
23

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58

10
22
11
26

6
7

12
13
20
41
56

8
12
19
36
70

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19
19
23
29
38
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15
72

21
100
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69
21
12
23


Ant (P Pluta)
Spined Ant (H Birkeland)

Easy Bee (ORC) or here
Bee (origami-club.com)
Bee (M Kirschenbaum)

Beetle (MV Anglada)
Beetle (H Birkeland)
Beetle (S O'Hanlon)
Kiel Beetle/Kieler Käfer (KD Ennen)
Rhino Beetle (P Pluta)
Flying Atlas Beetle (S O Hanlon)
Goliath Beetle (M Sirgo)

Easy Bug (ORC) or here
Bug (H Pereira)
Bug (?)

Butterflies
Cankerworm (M Kirschenbaum)

Catepillar (N Robinson)
Caterpillar (M van Gelder)
Caterpillar or Larvae (A Urrutia)
Caterpillar on a Leaf or here (E Fridrikh)

Cicada Traditional (ORC)
Cicada with Eyes (?)

Origami Dragonfly (make-origami.com)
Dragonfly (A Barbour)
Traditional Dragonfly (make-origami.com)
$Dragonfly 1 (S Hecht)
$Dragonfly 2 (S Hecht)

Easy Fly (ORC) or here
Fly 1/Fliege 1 (DK Ennen)
Fly 2/Fliege2 (DK Ennen)
Fly: pg 1 , 2 (M Leonard)
Fly pg 22 (M Kirschenbaum)

Grasshopper (A Anselmo)
Grasshopper/Grashüpfer (KD Ennen)
Grasshopper (origami-club.com)
Grasshopper (S O'Hanlon)
Grasshopper pg 41; (R Lang)
Grasshopper/Saltamontes (A Voyer)
Palm Leaf Grasshopper

Easy Ladybug (ORC) or here
Simple Ladybug (M Kirschenbaum)
Spotted Lady Bug pg 14 (R Lang)

Mantis (origami-club.com)
Praying mantis (R Lang)
Spiders
Tree Hopper pg 10 (R Lang)

Wasp/Avispa (JA Voyer)
Giant Water bug (origami-club.com)
Worm (J Langeveld)
Wood Louse (J Langeveld) or here

origami bee
origami bug
origami bug
origami caterpillar
cicada
origami dragonfly
origami grasshopper
origami ladybug
origami beetle
origami beetle
paper butterfly
origami caterpillar
origami fly
traditional dragonfly
origami bug



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