How to Draw a Silkworm

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Silkworm in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 Silkworm.

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

Step 1: Start by drawing the head in an uneven oval shape

Step 2: Draw the eyes and mouth by making a dot on the bottom and a dot on the top right

Step 3: Draw the worm's body one section at a time. The sections are jagged and rectangular and they do not have to be even

Step 4: Draw the legs or feet, one coming out of each section except for the one in the middle. Make them small and pointed at the ends

Step 5: To finish, draw the tail. Draw a small rectangle with a line going through it

Interesting Facts about the SILKWORM

The Silkworm is a member of the insect family and the scientific term for them is Bombyx mori. The Latin word Bombyx, means “silkworm” and mori, means “mulberry” because the larvae eats the leaves from the Mulberry tree to make silk. They are native to China and provide a great economical benefit. Originally, a Chinese woman discovered how to make silk by accident, when a silkworm pupa fell into her hot tea, and she noticed silk emanating from the creature.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1758.
  • They have been used by China for over 5,000 years.
  • The worms can be categorized into 3 different types.
  • Their eggs hatch within 12 days.
  • The resulting type can have up to 8 separate life cycles.
  • Their eggs take about 14 days to hatch into larvae.
  • The animal has a wingspan of 2 inches.
  • Their cocoon contains silk that is about 3,000 feet long.

The silkworm has been bred for centuries to provide better silk, and now there is ten times the original amount of production. After the silkworms are boiled to death and they cannot create more silk, they are eaten as a food. There are at least 4 types of diseases that this species can get that will kill them. When it dies, they are used as medicine for curing a variety of health ailments.