Ladybird & Thistle.

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  1. says

    Well, I worry about that sort of thing, and I honestly have no recollection of these beautiful photos. I do love thistles and all the little creatures it attracts. We had a massive stand of wild thistle in the sideyard, but the new neighbour went a little bugfuck with a riding mower, because apparently, bare dirt is better, and it hasn’t recovered.

  2. Nightjar says

    Lovely photos, avalus! I love thistles, I’m all excited for the purple artichoke thistles about to blossom here. They are not on my yard though, and I’m constantly fearing the owner will mow them before the buds open. He usually doesn’t, but this year is different because of fire prevention madness. Some people seem to have gotten the idea that they are required to have 50 meters of bare dirt around every building or something.

  3. says


    That’s too sad. I already mourn when Mr mows the lawn every few weeks or so.

    I’m the same way.

  4. rq says

    the new neighbour went a little bugfuck with a riding mower, because apparently, bare dirt is better

    Ooooh. How I hate this. I hate the dust that you get when it’s dry (everywhere! everywhere!!!) and I hate the mud that you get when it’s wet (… everywhere!!). Do people enjoy this?
    I wish there was some quick growing windborne grass seed you could inadvertently release from your own backyard (complete with wildflower and dandelion additive).

    The wee beetle is certainly clever, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the lovely thistles themselves, I love the flowers and their colour -- despite their bristly, thorny stems and leaves, the flowers are always surprisingly soft and gentle and sweet-smelling. Is that a whole field of thistle, avalus, or just a largish patch?

  5. avalus says

    Thank you all!

    I have mixed feelings with thristles. They are beautiful but I have stepped in many as I love walking barefoot.

    @Voyager: Even better, that bug is hiding in the exclusion zone of the nuclear facility of my university. I took the photos through the fence.

    @rq: It was a large band right next to fence that separates the nuclear chemistry building from the rest of the world. The band is about a meter across but very long. In the first shot I got a good angle, that hides its true shape.

    Two days after taking the photos, it was all mowed down. But it seems to recover.

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