Phantom of the Mexican Sunflower

Butterflies are gradually becoming more scarce as we slide into the last week of September. However, this weekend I got a lucky capture of a Black Swallowtail on a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia).


This guy’s stance and coloring made me think of Phantom of the Opera, plus it kind of looks like he is wearing a mask. Oh, and look – this photo is a pollinator twofer. There’s a hoverfly at the base of the central disk.

29 Comments on “Phantom of the Mexican Sunflower”

  1. A great photo, Jason! The butterfly looks stunning and the flower is beautiful too.

    Thank you for your comment. It’s just a dark cloud in my photo (I don’t know the name of the type), not smoke or anything like that. I tried to take the photo from the lowest possible location to hide its lower boundary behind the trees and to make it look like a tornado. 🙂

    Happy gardening!

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