How to Draw a Cockroach

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Cockroach in 4 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Cockroach.

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How to Draw a Cockroach - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start your cockroach drawing with the head. It should look like a semi-circle with rounded edges. Did you know? Cockroaches can live without their heads for about 8 days before they die of starvation.

Step 2: For your next step, draw the cockroach's body and wings. The body is a long oval, and the wings sit on top and have pointier ends. Fun fact: the teeth of cockroaches are located inside their bodies, in the stomach!

Step 3: Next, draw the cockroach's legs. Like other insects, cockroaches have six legs--three on each side. For each leg, draw an upside-down V with another one underneath it and connect them at the end.

Step 4: Your last step is to finish the details of your cockroach by drawing the antennae. Just draw two long curved lines coming out of the cockroach's head. When you are finished drawing your cockroach, you can color it. Cockroaches have been around since before the dinosaurs—probably at least 315 million years! This means cockroaches have lived at the same time as many different animals. Pick another animal and draw it next to your cockroach. Remember to think about the size of your animals—for example, a dinosaur is a lot bigger than a cockroach!

Interesting Facts about Cockroaches

Cockroaches, or simply roaches, are insects with six legs. Cockroaches vary in shape and are typically brown. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches, and they live all over the world, except in the polar regions. About 25 to 30 species are considered pests and live houses and other buildings.

Did you know?

  • Cockroaches are very fast runners, making them hard for you to catch in your home.
  • Many cockroaches carry different kinds of diseases.
  • The teeth of a cockroach are in its stomach.
  • Cockroaches can live without their head for about eight days before dying of starvation.
  • Most cockroaches live in forests, caves, or burrows.
  • Most cockroach species are scavengers that help the ecosystem by feeding off of organic waste.
  • Cockroaches have flat oval-shaped bodies and antennae. Some species have wings.
  • In 2007, Japanese researchers discovered that cockroaches have memory skills, similar to dogs, apes, and humans. These skills give them the capacity to learn.
  • Termites are cockroaches that have adapted to eating wood.

Cockroaches are considered “invincible” creatures because of their survival skills. They have been around since before the dinosaurs. The oldest fossil is dated to be about 315 million years old. Cockroaches will probably be around for millions of more years.

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