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How to Draw a Mosquito

Easy, step by step Mosquito drawing tutorial
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Mosquitoes are insects. As such, they share characteristics with other bugs, like ladybugs, praying mantises,, grasshoppers, bees, and dragonflies. All of these creatures have six legs and thin, transparent wings. There eyes are compound, made up of many lenses. They also have no bones - instead, they have an exoskeleton, which is like a coat of armor on the outside of their bodies.

But the mosquito is most known for its bite. When a mosquito bites, she inserts two tubes in the skin. One injects an enzyme to reduce blood clotting and the other acts as a straw. Did you know? Only female mosquitoes bite; males lack the necessary mouthparts. Females use the protein from blood to produce the next generation. Males simply eat nectar from flowers.

There are about 3,500 species of mosquito in the world, and each individual lives from 2 weeks to 6 months. The whining hum characteristic of mosquitos is produced by 200 to 500 wingbeats per second.

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Mosquitoes play a supporting role in many animated films, including A Bug's Life and Bee Movie. In fact, the 1912 short How a Mosquito Operates was one of the first animated films in history.

Would you like to draw a cartoon mosquito? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Ladybug, Praying Mantis, and Grasshopper.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Mosquito

Mosquito drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 01

1. Begin by drawing to overlapping circles, one partially hidden by the other. These will form the mosquito's eyes.

Mosquito drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 02

2. Extend a pair of straight lines, one from between the lines and one just below them. Allow the lines to meet at a sharp point. This is the mosquito's proboscis, which she uses to pierce the skin. Then, use curved lines to sketch the open mouth.

Mosquito drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 03

3. Draw a pair of narrowly spaced curved lines across each eye, forming the eyelids and eyelashes. Draw a "U" shaped line beneath each of these to enclose the pupils. Extend two curved lines above the eyes, forming the antennae.

Mosquito drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 04

4. Draw a large circle, partially hidden by the head, to form the mosquito's thorax or midsection. Then, extend a long curved line and double it back upon itself to enclose the abdomen.

Mosquito drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 05

5. Extend a pair of curved lines from a point in the center of the thorax. Allow them to meet at a gentle point, enclosing the wing. Then, extend two more lines, from the thorax and wing, and allow them to meet at a gentle point, enclosing a second wing.

Mosquito drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 06

6. Extend two pairs of straight lines, one from the thorax and one from below the face. These are the mosquito's legs. Draw the foot at the bottom using a curved line.

Mosquito drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 07

7. Draw pairs of curved lines on each appendage, each pair meeting at a sharp point. These are the sinister, pointed fingers of the mosquito's hands.

Mosquito drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 08

8. Draw another pair of straight lines from the thorax, forming the leg. Draw another set of lines at a perpendicular angle to the first, forming the knee and lower leg. Draw the foot using a curved line.

Mosquito drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 09

9. Use pairs of straight lines to draw the remaining leg, erasing as necessary. Then, band the abdomen with curved lines.

Complete Mosquito drawing
How to Draw a Mosquito Step 10

Color your cartoon mosquito. These insects may be grey, brown, green, or iridescent blue in color. Some even have black and white stripes like a zebra! Their abdomens are often red after feeding.

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How to draw: Mosquito - all drawing steps
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