Updated 04/11/21

Fascinating, insignificant, repulsive, awesome – whatever your view on them, insects are everywhere and essential! Some 400 million years of evolution have resulted in an incredible diversity of insects and they can be found in every corner of the world, even at the poles and in the oceans.

Together with all the various plant and animal species, insects are an essential part of our planet. They are key to the functioning of ecosystems and provide vital services for human beings by helping to ensure food security, maintain biodiversity and protect against infectious diseases. As such, they are contributing to efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030.

But only if we look after them! All over the world, insect populations are in decline due to pressure on the environment caused by human activity. At the same time, crop pests and disease carriers are more prevalent than ever.

This exhibition draws on recent advances in research and scientific observations, and invites you to discover insects from the original perspective of science working for a more sustainable world.

Discover the digital version of the exhibition

Download the exhibition quiz!

Contact: exposition@ird.fr


  • 17 banners display 80 x 120 cm
  • Available in french, english and spanish
  • HD file for printing