image swammerdam_j_1669_historia_insectorum_plate_9
Image number: RS.12608
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Life cycle of an ant

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 an ant. 15 figures showing the stages of metamorphosis, from the egg (figure A), to larva (figure B-C), to pupa (figure D-E), to the adult (figure F-K).

Inscribed TAB IX. TERTIVS ORDO. Nympha popken.’

Plate 9 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