Given their propensity for mulberry leaves, I am assuming that the moths and caterpillars in this illustration are silk worms. Any entymologists out there that can confirm this? ~AR
Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters were pioneers of natural history illustration and entomology. Among other achievements, at age 52 Maria Sibylla she sold most of her belongings and set sail for the Dutch colony of Suriname. That was in 1699.
Mulberries, caterpillars, and moths, Maria Sibylla Merian, in De Europische insecten (European Insects), 1730. The Getty Research Institute