Learn how to draw a Cicada with an easy step by step tutorial. Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge any day now after spending 17 years underground.
Cicadas are insects with stout bodies, broad heads, clear-membrane wings, and large compound eyes. There are more than 3,000 cicada species, and while some show up every 13 to 17 years, others emerge every year when the weather gets warm.
Brood X is the massive swarm slated to emerge in the spring and summer of 2021. This brood, consisting of hundreds of billions of cicadas, is spread across much of the Eastern United States, with especially dense concentrations in parts of Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
Depending on the species, cicadas can make loud sounds to communicate, reproduce, and maybe even defend themselves. The deafening noises you hear are most often a mating call—male cicadas are trying to attract a female to breed with.
The good news is that these insects are harmless and will not sting or bite you. Many experts remind us that it’s best to let this 17 year cicada phenomenon run its course so that future generations can witness it too.
This tutorial is made to help young students learn more about these amazing creatures by drawing a cicada as close to real life as possible. Making the wings with just some simple membrane lines, and then coloring with the background color will give the look of transparency, something the cicadas are known for.
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Cicada Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw a Cicada
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions for How to Draw a Cicada
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to Draw a Cicada
- Start with a flat oval head.
- Add oval body below.
- Draw front pair of segmented legs.
- Add a middle pair of segmented legs.
- Draw back pair of segmented legs.
- Add two matching wings on top
- Draw two matching curves in wings.
- Draw smaller curves in wings and eyes.
- Trace with marker and color.