The Flowering of Ecology: Maria Sibylla Merian's Caterpillar Book

Title

The Flowering of Ecology: Maria Sibylla Merian's Caterpillar Book

Document Type

Book

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Description

The Flowering of Ecology presents an English translation of Maria Sibylla Merian’s 1679 ‘caterpillar’ book, Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung und sonderbare Blumen–Nahrung. Her processes in making the book and an analysis of its scientific content are presented in a historical context. Merian raised insects for five decades, recording the food plants, behavior and ecology of roughly 300 species. Her most influential invention was an 'ecological' composition in which the metamorphic cycles of insects (usually moths and butterflies) were arrayed around plants that served as food for the caterpillars. Kay Etheridge analyzes the 1679 caterpillar book from the viewpoint of a biologist, arguing that Merian’s study of insect interactions with plants, the first of its kind, was a formative contribution to natural history.

ISBN

978-90-04-28479-1

Publication Date

2021

Publisher

Brill

City

Leiden

Department 1

Biology

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from the publisher at: https://brill.com/view/title/26922?language=en

The Flowering of Ecology: Maria Sibylla Merian's Caterpillar Book

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