Bark Beetle Calligraphy

Now open | Free admission

This gallery exhibition offers a glimpse into the artwork of bark beetles, 5-millimeter creatures that have the ability to colonize and kill an entire tree within a year. These elusive creatures inscribe their entire life within a tree’s bark— leaving behind a beautiful, intricate, and at times, murderous signature. Come interpret the uncovered patterns left behind by these conquering artists from exotic forests around the world.


  • High resolution photographs feature different bark beetles.

Bark Beetle Calligraphy was created by Jiri Hulcr, an assistant professor at the University of Florida School of Forest Resources & Conservation. Photographs were taken by Hulcr, Craig Bateman, K.V. Makarov and U. Schmidt, and installation and assembly was done my Matthew Pollard.