Prickly Pear In The Spring

It’s that time of year when the prickly pear cactus start budding flowers. They are so interesting looking – especially through a macro lens. The tiny polka dots on the pads are normally not visible to my naked eye. This one, which is native to Mexico, is an Opuntia ficus-indica.


Fruit, which may or may not be edible, depending on the species, will appear after the flowers dry. In June, the ones in my yard are usually being devoured by Scarab beetles.

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