“Tiger swallowtails, like the pair in the painting, are frequent visitors to our garden. The upper butterfly is the female as shown by the broader area of blue on the hindwing. There is a summer form of the tiger swallowtail female that has dark brown replacing the yellow. Unless careful observation reveals the tiger stripes on the underside of the wing, these females could easily be mistaken for members of another species.”
In each of her works, Maryrose expertly includes studied representations of fauna. Here, Fred draws our attention to a pair of tiger swallowtails, which dance playfully together above a vibrant spray of peace roses and peonies.