Insects are the most diverse macroscopic organisms on the planet. Researchers have identified over one million species of insects and estimate that five to thirty million more are waiting to be discovered. In fact, there are more species of ants than species of birds, and more species of beetles than all species of plants combined. In the United States, about 91,000 species of insects are known. Insects are everywhere—from shoreline to mountaintop, deserts to ponds, deep in the soil to the tips of the tallest redwoods, and they inhabit some of the most extreme environments on Earth. This exhibition illuminates the extraordinary world of insects through the collection of the Essig Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley.
DAVID GARNICK PHOTOGRAPHY
GAR WATERMAN SCULPTURES
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS
INSECT DAMAGED WOOD & TERMITES IN AMBER
BRASS PLATES FOR PUBLICATION
THE COCKCHAFER BEETLE & HOUSE FLY
EVOLUTION OF ARTHROPOD RESEARCH
The Essig Museum, in collaboration with the SFO Museum, prepared this exhibit for the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The exhibit is displayed in 20 glass cases in the International Terminal (before passing the security gate) May 2019 through January 2020. Each case contains a theme portrayed by specimens, books, art works, and other objects (examples above), and featuring the photography of David Garnick and sculptures of Gar Waterman.