White Thistle

I haven’t seen a whole lot of white thistles in the places I visited around Hernando County and up in the northern areas, but I have seen them at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.

White Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Bristle (White) Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Pink/purple bristle thistles are more commonly seen and when they are in bloom, they are frequently visited by butterflies and bees with the occasional Green Lynx spider not far below. The plants are host plants for metalmark and painted lady butterflies

White Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Bristle (White) Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

They also are a great photographic subject. Every angle can be an interesting and creative masterpiece.


Links:

https://fnps.org/plants/plant/cirsium-horridulum

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CIHO2

 

 

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The Unexpected

Nature = life…

Nature and all of the creatures, big or small, instinctively learn how to survive. It’s amazing how they know what do to. How to build nest, dig burrow, weave a web and patiently hunt.

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Skipper gathering nectar from a Thistle 
Skipper and Crab Spider
Skipper gets startled by the hidden Crab Spider
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Crab Spider attacks 
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Crab Spider grabs a hold of the Skippers neck from below

This is a part of nature… every species needs to eat. As sad as this was to watch, understanding the part of being at a certain place and at a certain time can mean life or death.