Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)

These were taken at a sand prairie in southern Iowa in June 2020 while I was hunting for orchids. Pro tip – don’t wear hiking sandals while walking through habitat that contains loads of prickly pear…

Opuntia humifusa (eastern prickly pear) is a sharp plant that produces large and striking flowers.
A grasshopper nymph helping itself to some protein-rich pollen from a Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear) flower.


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