Merian, Maria Sybille (1647-1717)
German/Dutch botanist Maria Sybille Merian (1647-1717) worked as a botanical artist. She published collections of engravings of plants in 1675, 1677 and 1680. She collected and observed live insects and created detailed drawings to illustrate insect metamorphosis. In 1699 the city of Amsterdam sponsored Merian to travel to Surinam were she made sketching of local animals and plants. In 1701 malaria forced her return to Holland, in 1705 she published a book Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium about the insects of Surinam.