Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Google Doodle celebrates Maria Sibylla Merian's 366th Birthday

Maria Sibylla was a renowned artist-naturalist in the 17th/18th centuries. She is best known for her work ‘The Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam’ which was published  in 1705. The detailed paintings are very beautiful. 
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk
Her illustrations of caterpillars' life cycles and feeding patterns, with accompanying text, helped disprove the commonly held belief that insects reproduced by spontaneous generation of decaying matter!

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Please leave a comment. I'm very pleased to receive corrections or confirmations of my identification of the creatures we've spotted on the allotment.