TIL about Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th century artist and naturalist whose entomological and ecological observations were centuries ahead of her time. A butterfly has just been named after her:

At a time when people thought insects were spontaneously generated, she documented butterflies' complete life cycles and portrayed insects in their natural environment. She funded her own research trip to Suriname. And more!

@nev I read about her years ago and she is a fascinating person. So suitable a butterfly has been named after her.

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