Silk moths are beautiful creatures, and the period of transformation that they undergo throughout their life cycle is truly remarkable – so we decided to take some time to learn a little more about the amazing changes that these creatures enjoy. Let’s get started!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a black pen, and draw a small circle on the right side of your page.
Add a series of smaller circles inside this large one.
Add a circle to the right and left of this small group of circles, angled at a diagonal, and then add an arrow to the bottom line.
Add another diagonal line, this time from left to right, just below this shape.
Bring out a “leaf” shape on either side, making these up of sharp, jagged lines.
Repeat this with two more shapes below the first, and a shape at the top of the main line.
Now, add another set of small circles inside the top shape.
Add a curved line across each of the leaves, and add small arrow shapes all across the length of this.
Add a curved arrow to the left of this shape…
And then add a large oval shape to the side, made up of jagged lines for a textured edge.
Now, add a series of small circles inside this, creating a chain from left to right.
Add a small triangle shape to the bottom of each circle for legs…
And then add fine lines to the top and bottom.
Add another curved arrow to the left of this shape.
Then, add an oval shape to the top left, making the lines of this a little wavier.
Divide this shape into small ovals…
And then enclose the shape in a series of thin ovals.
Add another, larger shape around the outside…
And add a series of horizontal lines across the width of this outside section.
Add another curved arrow to the top of this…
Add a small oval to the right of the arrow, and add two curved lines to the top.
Bring curved lines down from the top of the lines, to create two oval shapes.
Add a large oval shape to the bottom of this for the body…
And bring curved lines to own the length of the body.
Add two large wings, one on either side of the body.
Add a wavy line inside each of the wings…
And then add a small circle to each of the corners.
Now, draw two wavy lines inside each of the wings, where the top and bottom meet.
Add another, smaller line inside each of these, and take this to two lines at the bottom.
Add small marks inside each of the outside sections of the wings.
Add an arrow to close the cycle…
And then use an orange pen for the thin sections on this top moth and the small circles in the center of the next shape. Then, shade the smaller circles on the leaf, and the creature on the left of this.
Use a green pen for the leaves and the small circle on the right.
Use a brown pen for the moth at the top, and the creature on the right.
Shade the rest of this left shape with a yellow pen.
Use the same yellow for the antennae at the top.
Use a blue pen for the arrows…
And then add the labels to the correct sections – “IMAGO (ADULT MOTH)” below the top shape, “EGGS” to the right of the second shapes, “LARVAE (CATERPILLAR)” below the bottom shape, and “PUPA (COCOON)” to the bottom of the left shape. Then, add the title to the center of the diagram: “LIFE CYCLE OF A SILK MOTH”.
And there we have it – the truly incredible journey that is undertaken by each and every silk moth throughout the course of its life; there is always time to enjoy the magic and wonder of nature.