Maria Sibylla Merian, Grosse, hundert-blätterichte Rose / Rosa maxima, multiplex, Kupferstich, abgedruckt in: Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung, und sonderbare Blumen=nahrung, Nürnberg, Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig, Bd. 1, 1679, Tf. 24
In the text accompanying this plate of the Caterpillar Book, Maria Sibylla Merian mentioned that the little green caterpillars with black heads liked to eat the rose blossoms from the inside out, a phenomenon she also tried to convey in her depiction. What is more, she glued a real preserved specimen – a dried caterpillar – to the rose’s main blossom. Such additions can fall off very easily, as may well have been the case with other gouache drawings.