Who is she: Maria Sibylla Merian

GladRags Carry Bag

Grab your cloth pads and hold on to the edge of your seat, menstruators around the world: it’s time for a new GladRags Carry Bag Print! As some of you may know, we name our Carry Bags after our favorite inspirational menstruators throughout history, so please give a warm welcome to the gorgeous Maria, named after Maria Sibylla Merian. 

Merian Portrait

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 – 1717)

Who is Maria Sibylla Merian, you ask? Only the Mother of Entomology, Queen of all things Bugs, Ultimate Naturalist, and Artist Extraordinaire. Here are some cool facts about Maria and her revolutionary work:

  • Her love of insects began when she was just a child. She began collecting and raising silkworms at age 13.
  • Maria was one of the first naturalists to observe and paint insects in their natural habitat. She ended up painting and recording the life cycles of 186 different insect species.
  • People in the 1700s thought that butterflies and moths were born from mud and dirt! Maria’s art was the first to provide evidence of the process of metamorphosis. 
  • Maria was sponsored by the government of Amsterdam to study insects in Suriname, South Africa, which was unheard of for a woman in the 1700s!
  • Since her death, she’s had countless insects and creatures named after her, like the bird-eating spider, Avicularia Merianae.

And that’s just the tip of the butterflies’ antennae! Read up on the incredible life of Maria Sibylla Merian here.

So now you love Maria, both the woman and the Carry Bag, but you’re still not quite sure how to use your cloth pads on the go? Don’t worry, we have a blog post for that.