Blowin’ in the wind!

My workplace is also home to a wetland habitat. The wild grassland bordering is a haven for moths, butterflies and damselflies that thrive on the plentiful thistles. I find them especially beautiful when they set winged soft silky winged seeds ready to be blown by the gentlest breeze.

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Thistle seed heads. Click on the photo for more viewing options on Flickr

British Wild Flowers – Thistles

Following on from my earlier post on wildflowers in the United Kingdom, here are the thistles.

Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) – a common variety of thistle in the UK, being visited by a bumblebee
Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) – invaluable to bees and butterflies. South and East England
Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) – common throughout Europe.

Creeping thistle seeds – silky feathers that carry the seeds long distances in the wind.

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