image EL_L3_23_fig3
Image number: RS.15787
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Image of a fly


26 October 1700


Unknown, Artist

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height (page): 224mm
width (page): 175mm



One figure in a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Hans Sloane.

Fig. 3: a little fly which received its food as a larva from a louse like in Fig. 1 (EL/L3/23/017).

Object history

The Journal Book mentions on 27 November 1700, 'A Letter from Mr: Lewenhoek to Dr Sloane dated Delft Oct 26th 1700 with an excellent account, & curious observations of Insects on Fruit Trees and their Production. The Dr was desired to let it be printed in the Transactions & also to returne Mr Lewenhoeck the societys thanks' (JBO/10/203).

The images and letter are published in:
Phil. Trans. vol. 22, no. 266 (Sept/Oct 1700), pp. 659-72. With five figures.

A. van Leeuwenhoek, Sevende vervolg der brieven (Delft: H. van Krooneveld, 1702), pp. 275-94.

A. van Leeuwenhoek, Epistolae Ad Societatem Regiam Anglicam (Leiden: J. A. Langerak, 1719), pp. 263-80.

Related Fellows

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723, Dutch), Naturalist
Hans Sloane (1660-1753, Irish), Physician

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