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Thistle flower-thistle seeds

Thistles, these prickly leaved species of Carduus and Cirsium with lovely purple or pink flowers, are just common weeds, though some species are handsome enough to be worthy of a place in gardens.
I can't see the difference between the species of thistles but they have one feature that is easy to identify: their seeds.
This pollen loaded bumble bee on this roadside thistle (Cirsium vulgare), gave me just one chance to take a shot and it attacked me immediately as I pushed the button on my camera.
Bumble bee on thistle flower
Plants of the genus Carduus are sometimes called plume-less thistles, while Cirsiums, plumed thistles.
At this time of the year, they are all ready to disperse their seeds.
Cirsium vulgare-thistle
These are the seeds of the plumed thistle ready to fly with the wind.
The silvery seeds attached to the thistledown fill the air, shining in the sunshine.
Thistle seeds
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Kathy said...

That bee is certainly loaded with pollen. I love the picture of the thistledown. Very .... what can I say? Almost alien in its starkness. Goot shots all!

Dani said...

Lovely captures.

Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging said...

Beautiful shots. The third one is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

That last shot is absolutely gorgeous Maia.

Mike B. @ said...

Love the photos. Too bad thistle is a weed- it looks cool and wildlife seem to love it. Maybe it's not so bad?

Mylene said...

You are right! They are handsome :)

I am here again for the MFS :)

But I guess I'm a bit early again. I have to do my entry on a Friday night because there is a little chance that I can go online on weekends. My plate is usually full with household chores and with my daughter.


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