Welcome to the Microbestiary Harvey Hix & Naomi Ward Microbes live around us and within us, and our interactions with them are a matter of life and death. But in regard to issues such as biodiversity, most people think about “charismatic megafauna”(elephants, lemurs, etc.). By making information about microbes available and accessible, and by inviting imaginative response to that information, Microbestiary hopes to show, in welcoming and memorable ways, that the bustling microbial world is populated by strange, beautiful, and charismatic species. Our Microbestiary website www.microbestiary.org, showcases the responses of professional artists to microbial information; with these two pieces, we invite the viewer to take part in our microbial adventure. Have you ever wondered how species get their scientific names? Each name has a generic (for genus) and specific (for species) epithet: e.g., for humans, the epithets are Homo and sapiens. Epithets can be based on many things (properties of the organism, its geographic origin, or sometimes to honor a famous scientist) and are usually made up from parts of Greek or Latin words. What if instead of using Greek and Latin roots, scientists used English words to name species? And what if YOU had just discovered one of the species depicted here? What would you name your microbe? Printed beginnings of haiku poems and magnetic descriptive words are provided in the two pieces Finish the Poem and Name that Microbe so that the viewer may try their hand at being both poet and microbiologist. Finish the Poem Harvey Hix & Naomi Ward Images, Aged Pine, Poplar 2016 Name that Microbe Harvey Hix & Naomi Ward Images, Aged Pine, Poplar 2016 Photo by Ali Grossman