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Here’s one last Pollinator Week post, from Maria Sibylla Merian’s De Europischen insecte aka  Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandlung und sonderbare Blumennahrung (Tot Amsterdam :By J.F. Bernard,1730).

Back when some still thought insects came from wicked thoughts or spontaneous generation, Merian was in her backyard documenting the life cycle of common insects. She wouldn’t stop there. She traveled to Surinam in South America in 1699 with just her daughter and her wits to study tropical insects in their own habitat for two years until malaria sent her back to Amsterdam.

We’ve got older posts about Merian—a fave around these parts.