Keeping in mind those magical moments parents and children share, when they discover nature beauties together. We, at L'Atelier, have created and will create for you insect-related artwork to prolong this wonderful feeling in your family setting. Insects are incredible by the variety of their colours, shapes, transformations and survival techniques. They are treasures to be observed and preserved.
The Earth's submit which was held in Johannesburg in september 2002 emphasized that 80 % of the animal species populating our planet were threatened. According to the Natural History Museum of Paris, for example, 10 % of the species of common birds disappeared in France at the time of the last decade, like 250 species of butterflies.
In the field which interests us, the insects represents alone more of the three quarters of the totality of the animal world!
The Paris Natural History Museum possesses a priceless estate in terms of insect collections with about a million species represented. Entomologists estimate unknown insect species could represent twenty-fold the number of repertoriated species. Unfortunately, many undiscovered species vanish every day. If all insects ceased to exist, the whole planet would suffer terrible changes. Grains and fruits would disappear without pollination. The absence of natural recycling of dead plants and animals would render
the soil unfit for agriculture. Mankind would only survive for a few months, and the Earth would return to the Palaeozoic era. (Discover coleopterans in our page SKETCH BOOKS).
Nevertheless, more than 1.000 insect species disappear every day; and national and international organizations try to tackle this worrisome issue. C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) protects certain species from abusive trade and chemical hazards. The O.P.I.E. (Office Pour l'Information Eco-entomologique) monitors some living species on the French territory. The latter organization even had a toll-motorway layout redesigned to ensure survival of Osmoderma eremita, commonly named Hermit Beetle. Discover this story on this website.