Rhinoceros beetles, 18th century

Rhinoceros beetles, 18th century

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rhinoceros beetles, 18th century. Illustration of various large rhinoceros beetles (Dynastinae) from 'Insecten-Belustigung' (1746-1761) by German miniature painter, naturalist and entomologist August Johann Rosel von Rosenhof (1705-1759). Inspired by the work of Maria Sybella Merian, he endeavoured to show all stages of an insect's life history in life-poses where possible. To this end he raised and dissected many insects he found in the surrounding German countryside. He produced some of the most beautiful insect studies ever printed, and is recognised as an important figure in early entomology.

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