• Three years ago, Sharon and I walked through the entrance doors of the Montreal Insectarium, down the curved staircase to the open-plan exhibition hall, and, within minutes, were absorbed in the displays. All these insects in one place got us thinking about the megacategory the museum had taken on, about the unreachable diversity contained within that word "insects," and about how unfortunate it is that the negative connotations of the word sweep up so much. Such are the perils of taxonomy in the public sphere. And what a huge task it leaves a place like this...


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