Post ID: 8786


It’s summer up here in the Northern Hemisphere and that means sunshine, blue skies, green leaves, … and bugs*. Sometimes we love them, sometimes not. However you feel about them, we’re going to celebrate them all this week. Because, we wouldn’t be here without our creepy, crawly friends. 

Both of the images above are from 10th-century folios, although the drawings are from the 14th-century. The first depicts yellow and black beetles. The second depicts what appears to be a roly-poly? (We’re hoping that someone in Tumblr-land has a better guess?)

They are held in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Vatican and are part of the online MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Chapel Hill Libraries collections come to DPLA via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

Like bugs? Check out some more over at DPLA.

*Caveat: “Bug” in the posts this week will be very broadly and liberally defined. You have been warned.

The roly-polies! <3 <3