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Episode Six: Bugs and Stuff

Maria Sibylla Merian was a 17th century middle class woman who studied bugs (and stuff) at a time when butterflies were considered demonic creatures and beetles were believed to spontaneously appear from the ground. Her fascination with bugs began at an early age (she had her very own silkworm farm at age 13!) and would be the subject of her painting, writing, and lifelong studies.

If a proper young lady being interested in hell bugs doesn't catch your attention, stay for the dirt on her stint in a 17th century hippie commune and her unchaperoned (GASP) transatlantic travels!

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