No matter what relationship you have with the world of insects, it’s hard not to be fascinated by the great photographs in the exhibition MICROSCULPTURE. British photographer, Levon Biss has photographed insects from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Using a special technique for macro photography, Levon Biss has captured more than 8,000 images of different parts of each insect. These are put together into one photograph with an incredible depth of field! The colours, textures and shapes of the surfaces are clearly visible on the 2-meter insects in the exhibition. The diversity is huge!
Natural history museums all over the world have insect collections, many of them hundreds of years old. Collections of insects and other animals, plants, etc. are important to gain knowledge of a changing natural world.
This shieldbug was collected by Charles Darwin in Australia during the HMS Beagle expedition from 1831-1836.
Of all animal species in the world, approx. 75% are insects. Many are still unknown, or not yet discovered, and we estimate that there are between 5-10 million insect species in the world. But nature and species disappear quickly! We hope that those who see this exhibition will be fascinated, and not least curious about these small animals. They have so many important tasks in nature that we cannot live without them.
We look forward to showing you the exhibition and we are ready to provide insect activities when we’re eventually able to open the museum again.