Both Quigley's Cabinet and Brain Pickings have recently offered reviews of a new children's book - Summer Birds - about the life and work of Maria Merian.
In Merian’s time, people considered insects evil and found the “supernatural” process of metamorphosis particularly ominous, believing it was witchcraft that transformed the insect from one state to another. By meticulous and attentive observation, Merian proved that the process was very much a natural one, and beautifully so. She was only thirteen.More information at the links. Image from Wikipedia.