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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Water Hyacinth with Marbled or Veined Tree-Frogs and Giant Water-Bugs 1702-03

RCIN 921213

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The giant water-bug is one of the largest insects in the world, growing to a length of 11cm. The water hyacinth has air-filled swellings in its stems which allow it to float, and these plants can form huge rafts in lakes and rivers.