Just when I thought I had shown the Mexican Flame Vine flowers from every angle this Tiger Swallowtail (papilio glaucus) shows up for a shot of nectar.
The Tiger Swallowtail is striking with its 3.5" wingspan, long tails, and tiger stripes. After a little research I think this is a female due to the blue spots.
Although we enjoy the Monarch butterfly migration twice a year, the Tiger Swallowtails are my favorite butterflies because they are with us most of the year. No eat and run here. We are on the western edge of their range.
Very calm and less wary than the monarch they make great photo subjects because they keep their wings open while nectaring.
More acrobatic too. Here's looking at you kid!
The Mexican Flame Vine will stop blooming soon with the summer heat and may bloom again in the fall. This one didn't bloom twice last year but it's much larger thanks to a mild winter so if it does I just might have to post again.