I really like thistle flowers. There is just something about them. I like the color. I like the texture of all the spines. I like the detail in them.
One of these flower heads had a little surprise in it.
There is a beetle that has burrowed into the flower. I set the flowers outside because I didn’t want the bug in the house. Even after a few hours, he was still in there. He wasn’t going anywhere.
There are a few thistles that appear really similar to me. As close as I can tell, this is a Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Aster family (Asteraceae)
• Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
• Habitat: dry fields, roadsides and waste places
• Height: 3-6 feet
• Flower size: flowerheads 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches across
• Flower color: pink to magenta
• Flowering time: June to September
• Origin: Eurasia