Maria Sibylla Merian portrait from 500DM banknote

In 1699 the city of Amsterdam awarded Merian, a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a grant to travel to South America with her daughter Dorothea.[2] , making Merian perhaps the
first person to “plan a journey rooted solely in science.”[3]  She published her major work, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (de), in 1705.

Because of her careful observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly, she is considered by David Attenborough[4] to be among the most significant contributors to the field of entomology.

Maria Sibylla Merian. (2018, February 10).  In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:53, February 13, 2018, from


Maria Sybilla Merian_The Blue Iris

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