How to Draw a Bed Bug

Easy, step by step Bed Bug drawing tutorial
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"Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite."
- Traditional maxim

There are about 75 species of bedbug that feed on human blood. These flat insects are usually about 5 mm (0.2 inches) long. Their wings are vestigial, which means they cannot fly. They hide in dark places, like the seams of a mattress, the joints of furniture, or a crack in the wall.

Bed bug bites can cause an itchy rash, but the animals are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs are found all over the world. They are common in densely populated areas and places frequented by travelers, such as hotels. They migrate from one location to another by clinging to clothing, suitcases, or other objects.

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Bed bugs are notorious for being difficult to eradicate once an infestation occurs. They can live for up to one year without food. For this reason, many travelers carefully check their accommodations before unpacking their belongings. Pesticides, washing clothing at high temperature, vacuuming, steaming, and raising the temperature to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) for an hour and a half may be attempted to exterminate bed bugs.

Did you know? Scientists are researching the secretions of bed bugs. Why? Because the chemicals they produce inhibit bacteria and fungi. Bed bugs may someday lead to medical breakthroughs in the fight against disease.

Would you like to draw a cute but creepy cartoon bed bug? This easy, step-by-step cartoon insect drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Praying Mantis, Dragonfly, and Lady Bug.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bed Bug

Bed Bug drawing - step 1
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a "C" shaped line. This will form the thorax or midsection of the bed bug.

Bed Bug drawing - step 2
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 2

2. Draw an oval overlapping the "C" shaped line. Then, use a curved line to enclose a smaller rounded shape on top of the oval. This outlines the bed bug's head.

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Bed Bug drawing - step 3
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 3

3. Draw a long curved line between, and extending past, the ends of the "C" shaped line. Then, draw a series of short curved lines extending from each end. Connect them at the bottom with a long curved line. This outlines the abdomen of the bed bug.

Bed Bug drawing - step 4
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 4

4. Band the abdomen with long curved lines. These should attach to the indentions created by the curved lines on each side.

Bed Bug drawing - step 5
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 5

5. Draw two circles overlapping the thorax and head. Inside each, enclose a partial circle with a smaller circle inside it. These form the bed bug's eyes.

Bed Bug drawing - step 6
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 6

6. Draw the bed bug's legs. For each leg, extend pairs of curved lines, and allow them to meet at points. Notice how most of the legs have overlapping lines and corners to indicate the various segments of the legs.

Bed Bug drawing - step 7
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 7

7. Draw the legs on the opposite side. Again, use pairs of curved lines that overlap at the joints. The lines should converge at a gentle point at the end.

Bed Bug drawing - step 8
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 8

8. Use a short curved line to enclose a small semi-circle at the "nose" of the insect. Then, draw the antennae. For each antenna, extend a pair of long curved lines from the head and allow them to meet at a sharp point.

Bed Bug drawing - step 9
How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 9

9. Texture the thorax and abdomen by drawing short curved lines at the side of each section.

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How to Draw Bed Bug: Step 10

Color your cartoon bedbug. These insects are typically reddish-brown in color.

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