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Alex Surcică , of facebook’s Digital Museum of Natural History, has created this wonderful poster covering a diversity of beetles from eastern North America. You can order a copy clicking through the link.

The poster represents a tremendous effort on Alex’s part- 90 photographs of stubborn, difficult to control live insects composited into a single montage- yet even this work records just a minuscule slice of beetle diversity. You’d need at least 12,000 such posters to cover the documented diversity of beetles. Never mind the 10,000 or so additional posters required to address the remaining undescribed species. The number of beetles is nearly incomprehensible.