Learn how to draw a Cicada with an easy step by step tutorial. They have a cycle of emerging from the ground every 17 years.
This how to draw a cicada tutorial is made to help young students learn more about these amazing creatures. 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.
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.
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Materials for How to Draw a Cicada
- Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
- Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
- Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
- Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
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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.