Our photo of the day shines a light on the beauty of thistles.
Somewhere along the way, thistles got a bum rap. While they are the national flower of Scotland and serve as the emblem of the Encyclopedia Britannica, thistles are nowadays often considered a pesky, prickly weed.
But look! Loot at this fabulous photo by Anymouse02, featuring a bumblebee on a Scotch thistle – what a beautiful plant. And not just pretty, but a plant that serves nectar to all kinds of butterflies, food for birds, and provides plenty of other wildlife benefits as well. And as for the bumblebees? Thistles are one of their favorites for the bloom's copious production of nectar. Long live the thistles!
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