Extinct & Endangered: Insects in Peril

Entomologists and field biologists are rushing to understand and quantify the rapid decline of insect populations and biodiversity. But we can’t wait to protect ecosystems.

The exhibition Extinct and Endangered aims to inform the public on the current crisis in insect decline and biodiversity loss, and to inspire a new appreciation for the beauty and importance of the tiny animals with whom we share the planet.

Photographer Levon Biss collaborated with Museum scientists to select specimens from the research collections. Bees, beetles, butterflies, and other insects serve as representatives of insect decline. 

Visit the new exhibition Extinct and Endangered for more and to see spectacular photographs of 40 species of insects from the Museum's world-class research collections.