Maria Sibylla Merian turns 366 — Google celebrates by letting insects invade its logo
Maria Sibylla Merian changed the insect world with her illustrations — and she started when she was just 13.
Her youthful passion grew into a study of insects that would centuries later become the foundation for taxonomy.
Instead of studying lifeless preserved insects pressed in books, which was the common practice in the 1600s, Merian preferred watching a caterpillar evolve into a butterfly in its natural habitat. She began cataloguing the life cycles of plants and insects through her artwork — one of the first women to do so. (Wikimedia/Google)