Numbering over a million species, the arthropods constitute 80% of all animal life on earth. They live in every possible niche of every biome on the planet—from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, from deserts to tropical rainforests. They live under logs, in the soil, in the air, and in our homes. They feed on plants, animals, and on each other. They are everywhere!

Planet of the Arthropods offers a glimpse into this miniature world around us. Come face-to-face with wolf spiders and jumping spiders whose large eyes help them locate prey, grasshoppers and katydids camouflaged to avoid predators, and butterflies and crustaceans whose colors rival the most beautiful birds and flowers.

Further, Planet of the Arthropods hopes to impress upon the viewer that these often maligned creatures are worthy of our interest and protection. Like Blue Whales, Cheetahs and Rhinos, they are part of the scheme of things that make up the earth’s ecosystems.

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Number of pieces:
22-26 x 30 Framed Prints
24-16 x 20 Framed Prints
2- info panels
Space required:
100 lineal feet.Total weight: 450 lbs.
Cost: $1250.00
plus outbound shipping for up to an 8 week booking.

Planet of the Arthropods has been displayed at the following institutions and museums:

Burpee Museum of Natura History,
Rockford, IL

Chicago Academy of Sciences, Chicago, IL

Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL

Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE

Gamma Gallery, Chicago, IL

Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston, TX

Kenosha Public Museum , Kenosha, WI

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

Ohio History Center, Columbus, OH

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,
Chicago, IL

Red Butte Garden & Arboretum, Salt Lake City, UT

Tekewitha Woods Nature Center (Kane Co. Forest Preserves), St. Charles, IL

Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside, IL

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