Pieter Withoos was born in Amersfoort as the second son of Dutch painter Matthias Withoos (1627--1703). Closely following the footsteps of his father, Pieter painted album sheets with a wide variety of plants, flowers, and insects. His work might derive from mounted insect specimens and can be seen as a precursor to scientific illustration; however, his decorative placement of the compellingly rendered, lifelike insects makes a statement as much about his artistic facility as about the rewards of looking at nature close up. Withoos’s drawings were actively commissioned and collected, and it is possible that this one was made for Agneta Block (1629--1704), a Dutch horticulturalist and art collector who cultivated exotic plants in her country home, Vijverhof, located several miles southeast of Amsterdam. Along with several other artists, Withoos was commissioned to record her rare specimens in watercolor.