Google on Tuesday is noting the 366th anniversary of Maria Sibylla Merian's birth with the gift of the Google Doodle.
So what makes Merian special? Her work was a marriage of art and science in a time of few female scientists and little documentation of pupal insects.
The 17th century artist and naturalist (thus, the search engine’s name spelled out with curled flora, fauna and critters), was captured by butterflies and other pupal insects.
The daughter of an engraver and publisher and stepdaughter of a botanical painter, she started studying silkworms as a child in her native Frankfurt, Germany. “This led me to collect all the caterpillars I could find in order to see how they changed,” she wrote in the foreword to her book “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium” ("Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam").