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Extinct and Endangered: Insects in Peril

American Museum of Natural History / New York

When we hear the words “extinct” and “endangered” it hits the heart. Tigers in the wild. Polar bears on floes. How do we explain to our children that these creatures are disappearing on our watch? At risk more than ever are the smallest of species—insects! With climate change and habitat destruction we imperil them, and us. No pollinators (bees, wasps, moths, butterflies), no food. In this exhibition, the British photographer Levon Biss zooms in on our Arthropod allies, using specimens from the American Museum of Natural History. With microscopic lenses, Biss magnified these miracles of design and then enlarged the images to poster size. Each image is made of over 10,000 shots and the detail is mind-blowing. The ninespotted lady beetle. The Madeiran brimstone butterfly. Beautiful, yes, and profoundly important. Forty images are on view. Bring the children. —L.J.

American Museum of Natural History 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, United States
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