Living With Glass Insects

Glass Model of Bee

Glass Model of Bee Pollinating a Flower
Photo: Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard

The Harvard Museum of Natural History Glass Flowers Collection is on the must see list for entomologists visiting the Boston area. Between 1887 and 1936, artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka created replicas of flowering plants for study by students. The flowers are presented with blemishes, scab, fungus, rot, insect feeding damage and in some cases insects. The glass flowers were originally created as tools for budding botanists to study plants and associated organisms. Modern day entomologists and botanists can learn much about the insects and plants by studying these closely. The glass flowers are superb craftsmanship with life-like details, appearance and coloring.  One limitation of glass: they are fragile and placed in display cases, no longer to be handled by students.  They are an amazing legacy and well worth the visit.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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