Maria Sibylla Merian, Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung und sonderbare Blumennahrung, 1730
Don't worry, cherry blossoms will be featured this month, too . . . But this beautiful engraving by Maria Sibylla Merian was too good to resist.
The daughter of an engraver, step-daughter of a painter, Merian was always surrounded by art. But she also had a curious and scientific mind, which led to her studying insects, especially the transformations from caterpillars into butterflies, and the plants they inhabited.