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).

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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. What a great photo, the black and orange against the greenery is very effective. To get a shot of the butterfly with the wings spread out like that, yes, it has a Phantom of the Opera look indeed!

  2. How pretty this shot is! Nice work. I think I’ve seen a wider array of butterflies in my yard this year than in all prior 13 years I’ve lived here. Today I saw a question mark, a first for me! Have you had any butterfly firsts this year?

  3. 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!

  4. What a great capture! I often think that I should always carry my camera with me as so many shots are missed in the garden.

  5. Things are beginning to fade away a bit, but your sunflower and butterfly clearly are holding on. It’s a lovely photo, with one of my favorite of your flowers highlighted.

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