The Famous Illustration by Maria Sybilla Merian (image) Pensoft Publishers Share Print E-Mail Caption Drawing by Maria Sybilla Merian (1705) that gave birth to the popular name 'bird-eating' spider. Credit Maria Sibylla Merian and Wikimedia Commons. Available from Usage Restrictions PD-old-100 Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.