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    The Thistle Patch


    2010 - 07.31

    Curiosity got the best of me the other day, and I decided to investigate favorite butterfly foods. In my search, I found that thistle was way up there on the best dining options. I couldn’t believe how many flying, crawling, slinking visitors were attracted to the plant. At this time, the thistle is in flower with it’s tiny purple petals, but this stage is quickly giving way to the seed cycle. The goldfinches will soon be perched on these tiny feeders as they feast on fresh seed. I never realized how many insects and birds utilize this plant for their primary food source. Celebrate the thistle!