Jan Swammerdam

Queen Bee Today is the birthday of the Dutch biologist and entomologist Jan Swammerdam (Yahn SWAH-MER-dam). Before Jan’s work, people believed that insects created spontaneously. Jan proved that insects were born from eggs laid by the female of the species and that the larva, pupa, and adult, were just different forms of the same species.…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the Dutch botanist who figured out the king bee was actually a queen and the poet gardener who preferred curves over straight lines. We’ll learn about the evolutionist who started out as a staunch Christian and who once wrote, “I did not in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of…

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