Goedart was born in Middelburg. He published, in his birthplace, a book entitled Metamorphosis and historia naturalis between 1662 and 1667. For the first time, insects were represented using the technique of engraving after his drawings. Metamorphosis was translated into French in 1700 under the title of Histoire des Insectes, in English History of Insects. It shows meticulous observation of all the growth phases of the insects depicted, including metamorphosis. There is no internal anatomy, only external. Goedhart makes an interesting error, indicating moth caterpillars can produce flies. Presumably he meant Ichneumonidae.
The article is based on material translated from the corresponding in French Wikipedia. Other references include :
- Johannes Goedaert in the RKD
- Kristensen, Niels P. (1999). "Historical Introduction". In Kristensen, Niels P. Lepidoptera, moths and butterflies: Evolution, Systematics and Biogeography. Volume 4, Part 35 of Handbuch der Zoologie:Eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches. Arthropoda: Insecta. Walter de Gruyter. p. 1. ISBN 978-3-11-015704-8. Retrieved 30 November 2010.