Insect reproduction, 17th century

Insect reproduction, 17th century

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Caption: Insect reproduction. 17th-century artwork of flies (top) and other insects (bottom) originating from maggots or other larvae. The Italian text across top refers to flies and maggots. This artwork is from the 1668 work 'Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti' (Experiments on the Generation of Insects) by the Italian physician and naturalist Francisco Redi (1626-1698). This work concerned Redi's observations on insects, including experiments he carried out that showed that maggots were produced by flies, not by spontaneous generation as previously thought.

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