image ledermuller_tab_63
Image number: RS.18198
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Bedbug

Date

1766

Creator

Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733-1796, German), Engraver

After

Martin Frobene Ledermuller (1719-1769, German), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48660

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 245mm
width (page): 195mm

Subject

Biology
   > Entomology
Biology
   > Natural history
Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Study of a juvenile bedbug, viewed by microscope, under magnification. With two structural details at different magnifications and a circled inset figure of the wing at actual size.

Plate 63 from Amusement microscopique, tant pour l'esprit que pour les yeux, contenant... estampes... d'apres nature...by Martin Frobene Ledermuller, plates volume (Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, Nuremburg, 1766).

Inscribed above: ‘TAB.LXIII.’ Inscribed below: ‘M.F.Lederm. del. A.W.W. excud.’

The accompanying text is headed: ‘Table LXIII. Une Punaise qui ne fait que d’éclore.’ [a just hatched bedbug]. In the accompanying text, the author apologises for revisiting the subject of plate 52, but explains that: ‘Ce Dessein-ci est fait d’après une Punaise, qui n’etoit éclose que 3 heures auparavant.’ [This drawing was made after the bedbug had hatched just three hours before].

Martin Frobene [Frobenius] Ledermuller (1719-1769) German naturalist was employed in various capacities as a notary, turning to microscope studies after an illness induced temporary deafness.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Europe
      > Germany