Hissing Roach

Grompadorhina portentosa
designed by Brian Chan
November 2006



An answer to a challenge by Origami-wolf on the "origami workshop" group on www.flickr.com. These insects make pretty good pets, if you ignore for a moment that they are indeed roaches (They don't smell, run, fly, or (most importantly) infest houses, and are pretty docile. If you go to an insect zoo, they're a standard demonstration insect that guides like to let kids pet.

Here I tried to use the tapered molecules from bisecting the corner of a square to generate the varileg structure of the roach. With luck, I found that the proportions for the legs, and point split of the head resulted in lifelike proportions, while leaving enough paper to create the right number of segments on the wingless back.

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