SPIKY, HAIRY, SHINY: INSECTS OF LA

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

“Meet your neighbors!” invites the Natural History Museum, but they’re not talking about the people next door. The exhibit “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of LA,” runs through April 1, 2022.

All over the city, for the last 10 years people have gathered insects to help the Museum staff with its BioSCAN (Biodiversity Science: City and Nature) project. The project’s ostensible goal is to track climate change, but the insects were so wondrous in their color and design that the Museum decided to curate some of the more startlingly beautiful photographs and offer the results to the public.

If you come to the exhibit in the flesh, you’ll find large-format photographs of our local insects displayed next to life-size specimens. You can hear recordings of L.A.’s bugs across the span of an entire day. And you can learn more about the BioSCAN project

But if you’re not up for making the trek to the USC area in the summer heat, you can also check out the online exhibition and view some of these stunning and varied neighbors online.

You could not make these creatures up!

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