Thistles, Teasels, & Other Flowers Protected by Prickles or Thorns

Challenge #155 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge is to showcase the interesting and 'touch-me-not' flower heads such as thistles, teasels, (teasles, teazels) and other flowers which are very beautiful, but protect themselves from predators with their sharp prickles or spines. Your entries may be flowers, or seed heads after the flowers have died, but they MUST show some prickles, thorns or spines on or around the flower to alert us to their danger. (The flowers of cacti, or roses, for example will NOT be eligible UNLESS the prickles or thorns are part of the flower head, and not just on the stem or branch.) Macro and close-up photos welcome. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on its longer side.
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Dancing Teasels
sunset thistle
Teasel
Spiky Sundown
Dried Thistle Flowers
wild dagger
Thistle in Bretagne
wild dagger
Golden Thistle
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Thistle
Insect on a thistle
Soft and Fluffy
Thistle Butterflies
Sweet Purple Thistle Drink
thistle
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Thistle Head
Teasel
Well-Protected Flowers
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