2014 | USA | Animation,Documentary

Beetle Bluffs

  • English 12 mins
  • Director | Anna Lindemann
  • Writer |
  • Producer | Brian Farrell

“Beetle Bluffs” brings to life the stories that accompany each specimen within a natural history collection. The film is by Anna Lindemann, developed in collaboration with Brian Farrell, Curator of Entomology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, home to one of the richest and historically most significant insect collections in North America. “Beetle Bluffs” is inspired by a pioneering 1938 paper on beetle mimicry by Philip Darlington, a former curator of the museum. Using artifacts from Darlington’s research and the insect specimens cited in the original paper, “Beetle Bluffs” not only captures the beauty of biodiversity, but also illuminates predator-prey dynamics and dramatizes the evolution of mimicry.

biology evolution history insect entomology taxonomy museum scientist field beetle mimicry predator
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