Origami insects continue to blow my mind every time I see them. There are tons of different animals and creatures that can be folded with paper but for whatever reason insects always look the most realistic and impressive.

This post features another excellent collection of some of the best paper insects we’ve ever seen.

Beetles of all kinds are very popular. Here’s an amazing looking Prosopocoilus inclinatus by Kaede Nakamura.

Prosopocoilus inclinatus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122196622@N04/15566955578/

Prosopocoilus inclinatus, Designed and Folded by Kaede Nakamura

Crease pattern available from Kaede Nakamura’s Flickr


Satoshi Kamiya’s Cyclommatus metallifer is another very popular beetle design.

Cyclommatus Metallifer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/19778492765/

Cyclommatus metallifer, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Damian Malicki

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009


Here’s another fantastic beetle design from Seth Friedman.

Stag Beetle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inqorigami/337767132/

Stag Beetle, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman

Instructions not available


This is another one of the most realistic looking insects I’ve seen.

Camel Cricket
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/16446912983/

Camel Cricket, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #150


Here’s a group of some beautiful looking butterflies. The colours in the paper used here are really great with the black and the colour changes in the design.

Paper Butterflies
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/14743853631/

Butterflies, Designed and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Instructions not available


I really like the feelers/antennae on the front of this beetle.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20898898792/

Euthysanius Beetle, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available from Robert J. Lang’s website


Robert J. Lang also designed this incredible Samurai Helmet Beetle.

Samurai Helmet Beetle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57567842@N08/5477716258/

Samurai Helmet Beetle, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Matthew Groves

Diagrams available in Origami Insects 2


Here’s a fantastic paper Praying Mantis.

Praying Mantis
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/21349963855/

Praying Mantis, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Origami bluedandelion

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention Book


This is a great silverfish design by Robert J. Lang.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/al3bbasi/4095766530/

Silverfish, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Al3bbasi

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets Second Edition


Robert J. Lang is definitely one of the best designers of origami insects. Here’s his grasshopper design and a great little scene.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/8087802828/

Grasshopper Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami Insects 2


This leaf insect is definitely one of my favourite insect designs.

Leaf Insect
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/10567101754/

Leaf Insect, Designed by Daniel Robinson and Folded by Shuki Kato

Diagrams available in Origami Masters Bugs


This next model is folded from one single sheet of paper starting with just a simple bird base! You can definitely tell this was designed by Sebastien Limet because it has his unique style.

Who Will Be Eaten?
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/8731864864/

Who Will Be Eaten? Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available


This walking stick leaf is another one of my all-time favourite insect designs.

Walking Stick Leaf
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/7784823212/

Walking Stick Leaf, Designed by Manuel Sirgo and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in SirgOrigami


Here’s a slightly terrifying looking camel spider. It’s folded from a single square of paper that’s 50cm x 50cm. if you click through to the original image on Flickr you can read a bunch of interesting facts about camel spiders.

Camel Spider
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/petr-stuchly/5841493827/

Camel Spider, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available


Here’s another fantastic insect design and I love how there’s multiple photos here that show it off from different angles, especially from underneath.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/26475099770/

Locust, Designed and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai’s Flickr


Here’s another fantastic beetle design. This is all folded from one square of paper, even all the little spikes and bumps.

Stag Beetle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124930871@N02/26509058001/

Stag Beetle, Designed and Folded by bodorigami

Crease pattern available from bodorigami’s Flickr


Satoshi Kamiya designed this excellent cicada nymph. I quite like the pose it’s in here.

Cicada Nymph
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/4824817320/

Cicada Nymph, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009


Here’s a somewhat simple but really beautiful looking scorpion.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre-andre/5012166516/

Scorpion, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Pierre-andré

Diagrams available in Origami Insects 2


This amazing looking paper ant took 10 hours to fold out of a single sheet of paper!

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/29222324455/

Ant, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Instructions not available


Here’s another fantastic and quite complex looking insect design.

Flying Lantern Bug
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131602442@N08/29166717331/

Flying Lantern Bug, Designed and Folded by Bil Ori

Crease pattern available from Bil Ori’s Flickr


Here’s another great beetle. P. Colman painted the final model to give it that awesome metallic colour.

Japanese Drone Beetle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/29437246555/

Japanese Drone Beetle, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai’s Flickr


Folding all the legs on this centipede must have taken a long time.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133041586@N06/28779669915/

Giant Centipede, Designed and Folded by Bart Davids

Crease pattern available from Bart Davids’ Flickr


Our final image this post is for this incredible made-up metallic insect.

Metallic Insect
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/4701807180/

Metallic Insect, Designed and Folded by Finward

Crease pattern available from Finward’s Flickr


That’s it for this post, let us know which one of these amazing origami insects is your favourite in the comments. Be sure to check out all these incredible artists on Flicker to let them know you like their work as well!

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