Dazzling Diversity

August 8, 2017 – October 2018

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Ground Floor Floor Plan

What is the most diverse group of animals on the planet? Insects! They constitute more than two-thirds of all described animal species—and there are more waiting to be discovered!

The Smithsonian Libraries' Dazzling Diversity celebrates the insect world through the pages of historic natural history books. A selection of the Libraries' books are on display, providing a glimpse into the wealth of scientific knowledge recorded in the descriptions and illustrations of published literature.