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Miscellaneous Insects
This page is being used to collect information about the history of folded paper insects. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

There is a separate page for Cicadas and another for Butterflies and Moths.



A design for a Bee, folded from the slit hexagon base, appears in the 'Kan No Mado', which is usually dated to 1845.



This heavily cut and unusual design for a Beetle appeared in issue 795 of Boy's Own Paper for 7th April 1894 under the title 'Some More Paperfolding: A Beetle This Time' by G. R. I do not know who G. R. was.



Part 2 of 'The Republic of Childhood', titled 'Froebel's Occupations', by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith, which was published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, of Boston and New York in 1896, contains reference to 'a locust' among specimens of work from the Empress's kindergarten in Tokyo.



An action 'Grasshopper' design appears in 'Xu Zhe zhi tu shuo' (More Illustrated Paperfolding) by Yongxiang Shi, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in 1917. The text says 'Hit it with fingers. The head can jump in the air.'



A design for a Cockroach appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.



Diagrams for a bee made from a slit square base using additional cuts appear in 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.