Insects of Surinam, 18th century

Insects of Surinam, 18th century

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Insects of Surinam. 18th-century artwork showing Heliconius ricini butterflies and caterpillars feeding on the caster oil plant (Ricinus communis). This artwork is Plate 30 from 'Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium' (1705) by German nature illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717). Surinam (now called Suriname) is in northern South America.

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