image swammerdam_j_1669_historia_insectorum_plate_7
Image number: RS.12606
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Life cycle of a louse

Date

1669

Creator

Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680, Dutch), Biologist

Creator - Organisation

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (plate): 277mm
width (plate): 178mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Entomological study of the life cycle of a louse. 11 figures showing the stages of metamorphosis from the egg (figure A-B) to the three stages of nymph (figure III-V) to the adult, both male and female (figure C and E) shown here.

Inscribed ‘TAB VII. PRIMUS ORDO. Nympha animal DIER-popken.

Plate 7 from Historia insectorum generalis by Jan Swammerdam published by Meinardus van Dreunen (Utrecht, 1669).

Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680) was a Dutch biologist and microscopist. He continued Robert Hooke’s observations of insects in more systematic research which employed a single lens microscope. From the late 1660s, he dissected and studied the development of these creatures, noting their internal organs and methods of reproduction – he concluded that insects were not the product of spontaneous generation.

Associated place

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   > Europe
      > Netherlands