Scritch, Scratch

Come the Beetles!

15 May 22 — 19 Feb 23

Large rose chafer. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Fritz Geller-Grimm

“Plants and animals are not only objects of the art of scientific measurement and observation; they are infinitely more. They are also beautiful, mysterious and diverse to an extent that will never even be fathomed. In this sense, they are not only isolated entities, specialities, but rather the key to Nature as a whole.”

From Subtle Hunts by Ernst Jünger

Although beetles are today’s most species-rich zoological order, we are scarcely aware of them in our everyday lives. That is no doubt because very few of them are a nuisance to humans, and even those that do make their presence felt — like furniture, flour, and fur beetles — are good at keeping out of sight. This study exhibition brings these six-legged, armour-clad creatures right up close, with life-size 3D images that give visitors the wherewithal to embark on their own scientific investigations. Literary assistance is on hand too, provided by Jean-Henri Fabre and Ernst Jünger. Both authors were fascinated by beetles and provided new literary lenses through which to appreciate the multiplicity of forms and behaviours they represent. Wilhelm Busch was not the only writer to memorialize the best-known beetle in Germany: “Everyone knows what a maybug is …”

Exhibition Catalog

Author: Fritz Geller-Grimm, Museum Wiesbaden 2022
80 pages with 36 illustrations
german/engl., 26 x 19 cm, hardcover

ISBN: 978-3-89258-139-0

price 12,— €


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Weitere Termine

“This is what I have been searching for, hoc erat in votis: a piece of land, no, not particularly large but secluded and protected from prying eyes; a piece of land, abandoned, barren, scorched by the sun, but favourable for thistles and hymenopterans. This is where I can delve into sand wasps and digger wasps without being disturbed by passers-by.”

From Souvenirs entomologiques by Jean-Henri Fabre

North of Orange, on the western edge of Mont Ventoux, lies the village of Sérignan-du-Comtat. This is where you can visit the garden, the house and the study rooms of Jean-Henri Fabre (1823—1915) even today. In this protected place, one of the most important naturalists spent the majority of his life. The destination of his expeditions was mostly his own garden, his Harmas.

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