Morning Dog Walk: Honey Bees On Illyrian Scotch Thistle

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This morning, I couldn’t help notice the size of the Illyrian Scotch Thistles that are now flowering, they are huge! The Honey Bees are going crazy for them, so I stopped and took a few shots. Yet again, we had very overcast skies, so the light wasn’t great.

One question I have is why are these Thistles White? Is it a slight variance? I’m pretty sure they are Illyrian Scotch Thistles as the way the bracts turn down almost like it’s been peeled, but usually these flowers are purple. Please help!

UPDATE: I have since (sort of) solved the mystery with the Flower, more HERE.

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Honey Bee Approaching An Illyrian Scotch Thistle
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