Inside the thistle

I already posted one image for the Inside challenge but, I think this one might qualify as well.  Instead of what is naturally inside, these are bugs which work their way inside thistles.  The bee is obvious, the brown bug is a blister beetle and I don’t know what the orange and black one is.

The bee of course is looking for nectar, the blister beetle eats the petals and the orange and black one has sucking mouth parts for drawing on the sap of the plant. But, speaking of thistles, the bottom and the unopened flower has it’s own geometric beauty.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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1 Response to Inside the thistle

  1. Angelia Sims says:

    Your images are gorgeous! That thistle looks like an insect vacation spot. 🙂 It is very beautiful.

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