Thistles and teasels by photographer Peggy Edwards

Flanders Moss NNR

Spear thistles and bumblebees

Peggy is a photographer and botanical illustrator amongst other things, and splits her time between California and Scotland so she knows a botanically rich place when she sees one. More info and pictures here. Here are her photos of thistles etc.

Although we have several native and invasive species of thistle in California where I’m from, I was not prepared for the wonderful variety of thistle species I found in Scotland. Several of these are found on Flanders Moss and along the entry road. My favorite is the spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare). Other thistles I’ve observed at the moss are the creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense), the marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre), and the common knapweed (Centaurea nigra). All attract pollinators sometimes several species at the same time!

Peacock and teasel
Spear thistle and bumblebee
Spear thistle and marmalade hoverfly
Marsh thistle
White creeping thistle
Common knapweed and hoverfly
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