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Image number: RS.9939
Credit: © The Royal Society
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‘Bird-eating spider with humming bird’

Date

1705

Creator

Joseph Mulder (1659-1718, Dutch), Printmaker

After

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717, German), Painter

Object type

Library reference

55255

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 510mm
width (print): 350mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect
nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Study of a bird-eating South American spider (a tarantula or possibly the Goliath birdeater Theraphosa blondi) with humming bird prey.

Detail from plate 18 of the book Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, in qua Erucae ac Vermes Surinamenses, cum omnibus suis transformationibus by Maria Sibylla Merian (Amsterdam, 1705). Showing the inscription lower left “P Sluiter Sculp.”

The entomologist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian travelled to Surinam in South America from 1699-1701, where she recorded and collected butterflies and other natural history specimens.

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