Six plants, nine butterflies and two beetles got their names after Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 – 1717).
When she was 22, she published her first book: Wonderful Metamorphosis and Special Nourishment of Caterpillars on silk-spinning caterpillars. Two years later, she published a second book -- A Study of New Flowers. Her Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (1705) was the first publication on tropical butterflies and also the first description of the fauna and flora in Surinam (Dutch Guiana).
Arader Gallery is presenting some of her original paintings (from late 1600’s) in our classroom on Friday, February 8, 10 a.m. To see them you need to register for the workshop (#420) :)
(500 Deutsche Mark bill with Maria Sibylla Merian's portrait )