How to Draw a Cute Caterpillar

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The caterpillar could be referred to as a baby butterfly. Caterpillars are the larva of both butterflies and moths. They are known for their appetites; their job is to eat. Most are vegetarians, but a few species hunt other insects.

When they have eaten their fill, caterpillars do something amazing. They wrap themselves tightly in a structure called a cocoon. Inside, a transformation takes place. The chubby caterpillar soon becomes a slender butterfly with delicate, dazzling wings. The butterfly then breaks free of the cocoon, or chrysalis, and dries its wings in the sun.

Each type of caterpillar is unique. The silkworm caterpillar, for example, makes a fiber from which it hangs, similar to a spider from a web. People then harvest this fiber and weave it into fine cloth.

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Other caterpillars are brightly colored, furry, or have spines to scare away predators. Some caterpillars mimic the appearance of snakes, while others practice safety in numbers as they march in a line called a train.

A very famous cute caterpillar is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, star of the children’s book by Eric Carle. Other famous caterpillars include the large and lovable Heimlich from Disney’s A Bug’s Life (1998), and Absolem the caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland.

Would you like to draw your own cute and cuddly caterpillar? This easy, step-by-step caterpillar drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to employ crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Caterpillar

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the caterpillar’s head.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 2

2. Draw a smaller shape overlapping the first. It should be rounded but irregular. Then, draw a third circular shape overlapping the second. These form the first segments of the caterpillar’s body.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 3

3. Erase the guide lines from the circles.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 4

4. Draw another circular shape overlapping the last, forming another segment.

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How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 5

5. Draw another, smaller, circular shape overlapping the previous, forming another segment.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 6

6. Draw another, much smaller circle overlapping the last segment. This could be thought of as the caterpillar’s tail.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 7

7. Erase the guide lines from the segments.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 8

8. Add features to your caterpillar. Draw antennae on top of the head. For each antenna, extend a curved line upward from the top of the head. Double it back on itself, enclosing a rounded shape at the tip. Then, reconnect the line with the head. Next, draw two small triangles extending from each of the caterpillar’s front sections. These are the caterpillar’s feet.

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How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 9

9. Give your caterpillar a smiling face. Use a wide “U” shaped line for the mouth, with small curved lines at each end. Draw two ovals to form the eyes. Within each eye, enclose two smaller ovals. Shade between them, forming the pupil. Enclose a curved shape above each eye using two lines, indicating the eyebrows.

How to Draw Cute Caterpillar: Step 10

10. Color your caterpillar. What color should he be? Real caterpillars come in every color you can imagine. Inchworm caterpillars are bright green, while Monarch butterfly caterpillars are black and yellow. Others are yellow, red, orange, or white.

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