the National Academy of Sciences magazine
in science and technology
Humans have had a long and complex relationship with insects. Their alien appearance can be jarring or off-putting, but on closer inspiration insects are works of art. They are often seen as pests or invaders; however, their critical role in our ecosystem and daily lives is increasingly clear in urban farming and gardening. Insects are also keen indicators of the health of our environment in worrisome phenomena such as Colony Collapse Disorder.
This exhibition takes its name from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s classification of insects by their similar traits ; six legs and clearly segmented or “notched” bodies. It is on view until November 13, 2013, at the Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York City, New York.