Plate 1 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719

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Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 1 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719.
Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. With a grant from the city of Amsterdam, she spent two years in Surinam, a Dutch Colony in South America, where she recorded, illustrated, and noted the medicinal uses of the plants and animals. A single mother (she divorced her husband), Merian took her youngest daughter with her. Source: National Museum of Women in the Arts