02 Apr 2019

Happy Birthday to Maria Sibylla Merian, our muse for this year’s packages in The Natural History of Knitting club!

Maria Sibylla Merian (April 2, 1647 – January 13, 1717) was a naturalist and scientific illustrator who studied plants and insects and painted them in great detail. Her careful observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly make her an important contributor to the scientific study of insects.

In my youth, I spent my time investigating insects. At the beginning, I started with silk worms in my home town of Frankfurt, [Germany]. I realised that other caterpillars produced beautiful butterflies or moths, and that silk worms did the same. This led me to collect all the caterpillars I could find in order to see how they changed.

Happy Birthday, Maria Sibylla Merian! 1

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