Today, Google is celebrating the 366th birthday of Maria Sibylla Merian.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts says: “Using her keen observational skills, Maria Sibylla Merian revolutionized both botany and zoology.” Her drawings of insects and their life cycles were meticulous and detailed, and her scientific writing was ground-breaking. She traveled to observe insects in their natural habitats, which was radical for a natural scientist of that era and unheard-of for a woman.
She made even cockroaches beautiful:
More of her amazing art is here.