Origami Insects

Welcome to the Origami Insects page! Here you will see showcased some of the models from Robert Lang's wonderful and complex book, Origami Insects and Their Kin (ISBN 0486286029). Models from 12-inch or 15-inch squares; don't try anything smaller! Each takes over an hour to fold, and some can take as long as four or five hours to create. The models in this book are extremely difficult, even for an advanced paperfolder. I would recommend this book only if you are ready for a very difficult origami challenge!

      All images are ¬©Eric Andersen



The treehopper hides from predators by mimicking a thorn.(16K)

The spotted ladybug is recognizable by its distinctive spotted pattern and feeds chiefly on aphids and other small insects. (21K)


Often thought to be dangerous, the bite of the tarantula is painful but not highly venomous.(92K)

The ant is well-known for its segmented body, its social organization, and its ability to walk in on your picnic. (12K)


The butterfly is characterized by its clubbed antennae, slender body, and large, broad, often conspicuously marked wings. (65K)

The male cicada produces a shrill sound by means of vibrating membranes on the underside of the abdomen. (27K)


One of the most recognizable insects, the grasshopper has powerful long legs adapted for leaping. Some species are highly destructive to vegetation. (52K)

Dragonflies have long, slender bodies and wings and large compound eyes. They prey on other insects. (18K)


The Hercules beetle is one of several large horned beetles found in Central and South America. (23K)

The pillbug lives under rocks and logs and feeds on rotting matter. It can roll itself into a pill-shaped ball. The pillbug is not an insect, and it is one of the only terrestrial crustaceans.*(69K)


The Praying mantis is a predaceous insect whose strong forelegs are used to snatch their prey from an ambush. (43K)

The stag beetle gets its name from the fact that some males have jaws resembling the antlers of a deer. (30K)


Paper wasps make their own paper by chewing wood into pulp and mixing it with their saliva. (22K)

The samurai helmet beetle is one of the most common and famous insects in Japan, often kept as pets by children. (30K)

samurai helmet

Not an insect, the scorpion is closely related to spiders and has a painful but not dangerous sting. However, there are quite a few that are very deadly to humans. In fact, the larger, more ferocious looking scorpions are harmless while the smaller, less formidable varieties are highly venomous. *(45K) 2012.