|See the flower blooming from the basket?|
|Basket-flowers are not prickly.|
The bracts, the specialized leaves at the base of the thistle flower are very sharp.
|See the basket?|
The bracts at the base of a basket flower look like a woven basket.
|Basket flower is also called "shaving brush".|
Leaf-footed bugs, Leptoglossus phyllopus, are minor crop pests, but they make me laugh. They remind me of a pirate with a yellow belt. TAMU has a better image here. The leaf-footed bug is on the stem of the basket flower above.
|Pink thistle + green insect = complementary color scheme.|
|Red admiral on basket flower.|
|Sphinx moth visiting basket flower.|
|It's a busy place!|
|Prickly pear cactus are prickly, too. Don't sit on one.|