Life on the Forest Floor
The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.
A forest floor is a busy place, full of decomposing debris and hungry bugs, beetles, and weevils. The Forest Floor Diorama combines artistry and education to show a precisely designed cross section of forest soil, enlarged to 24 times its actual size.
To create this scene, Museum artists studied specimens under a microscope and made models out of clay, wax, and other materials. For example, the acorn weevil larva is molded wax coated with shellac, petroleum jelly, and a latexlike liquid; the daddy longlegs, balsa wood and wire.