image swammerdam_j_1669_historia_insectorum_plate_11
Image number: RS.12610
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Life cycle of a fly

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 fly. 13 figures showing the stages of metamorphosis from egg (figure I-II), to larvae (figure III-V), to pupa (figure V), to adult fly (figure VI).

Inscribed ‘TAB XI QUARTUS ORDO. Nympha vermiforms. Wurm gelyk popken.’

Plate 11 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