Metamorphosis of a Small Emperor Moth on a Damson Plum, plate 13 of the Caterpillar Book

Translucent and opaque watercolor over counterproof print on parchment | 18.7 x 14.9cm | 1679

Maria Sibylla Merian

This drawing depicts the life cycle of the small emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) placed around one of its main food sources, a damson plum tree (Prunus domestica). Based on her careful observation, Merian systematically illustrated different stages o...
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