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. , making Merian perhaps the
first person to “plan a journey rooted solely in science.” 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 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maria_Sibylla_Merian&oldid=824915377
Maria Sybilla Merian_The Blue Iris