From the ladybird to the Atlas beetle, the Colorado beetle to the firefly, there are many extraordinary types of beetle, which vary hugely in size and ability. The often overlooked beetle is celebrated in Lyon, in this new exhibition at the Musée des Confluences.
From the very beginning of this exhibition, you will see beetles in a new light. For most people, insects can produce an unpleasant reaction, but if we abandon that initial reaction, there are many things that we can admire about the humble beetle.
The exposition explores the perception of beetles in Asia, Australia and America. You will learn that it is not unusual to keep a beetle as a pet in China, in fact there are pet shops which specialise in beetle supplements. You will learn that in some countries, beetles are considered a gourmet delicacy; and in others people race them for money! This exhibition attempts to answer the question as to why they are treated in different ways in different countries.
From their benefits in modern medicine to their integral part in American agriculture, you will find a new appreciation for the extraordinary insect. In the dark setting of the exhibition, with specialised audio and projections all centred on beetles, it is difficult not to become entranced by the creatures.
If you are interested in the myths and depiction of beetles across the planet, it may be worth making a trip to Musée des Confluences to celebrate the underdog of the insect world.
Musée des Confluences
86 Quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon