Maria Merian, scientist
April 2, 1647-Jan. 13, 1717
Although Europeans during the Middle Ages thought insects were evil, Maria Merian thought them beautiful and harmless. Through careful observation and study she eventually proved metamorphosis was a natural process. Written in first person, Merian’s account of her quest for truth during her thirteenth year is transformative.
The Academy of Natural Sciences shows the different stages of the life of a butterfly.