the bug lady

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Drawing

I am sure that when Maria Sibylla Merian was born 366 years ago today, she dreamed of being honored with a Google doodle. Instead, this naturalist, botanical artist and scientific illustrator settled with just being one of the most significant contributors to the field of entomology. She studied and described the life cycles of many insect species, gathering evidence that contradicted the idea that insects were “born of mud” by spontaneous generation. Her classification of moths and butterflies is still relevant today. Love it when art and science come together!

Illustration of a Caiman crocodilus and an Anilius scytale (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian.

Illustration of a Caiman crocodilus and an Anilius scytale (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian.

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