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Drawn to Nature

Today is the 366th anniversary of Maria Sibylla Merian’s birth. Her naturalist art has inspired today’s Google doodle! With her beautiful attention to detail and intricate display, it is clear that Miss Merian’s illustrations have really made an impression on both the art and science worlds. Captivated by butterflies and other pupil insects, Maria became best known for her documentation of butterfly metamorphosis.

She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly, self-funding her expedition to Suriname, South America. At the time, her endeavor was unusual, especially for a woman, but her research uncovered a whole range of previously unknown organisms of the area.

We really appreciate Merian’s bug for adventure. Her brilliant work just reminds us to stop and smell the flowers, and enjoy the organic wonders of nature. We hope this little spectacle of her illustrations will transform your day with a little scientific beauty!


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