just returned from the mountains: Thank you so much for your kind visit and overwhelming words of appreciation! An honour for me to see that Apollo in your theme of Nature's oddities. That butterfly definitely loves thistles in blossom, but may be found on other asteraceae flowers as well as long as their densely packed blossoms offer a lot of sweet nectar at the same time, making it easy for the visitor to stay on one flower and suck from one single blossom after the other for several minutes without having to flutter around. Energy saving. The specimen shown, however, has chosen just any flower at sunset just in purpose of spending the night there. That late afternooon I was decidedly following Apollos' steep downhill flights over rocky slopes in order to locate their assumed resting places deep down in the valley, succeeding in the end, getting awarded by a very long and comfortable photo session.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you!
P.S.: Still no butterflies around at Tzaneen Dam? At midwinter, they might just waiting for their time to come with days getting longer and the sun shining warmer.
Apollo. (54) *