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Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 29 December 2016 in Plant & Nature.

The Prickly Pear Cacti have been decimated here by a plague of little white flies, that fortunately leave other varieties alone, such as this one

NIKON COOLPIX P7000 1/262 second F/2.8 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful bloom. I'm glad it survived.

29 Dec 2016 5:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Lovely flower !

29 Dec 2016 9:55am

Martine from France

Magnifique fleur, j'aime beaucoup.

29 Dec 2016 9:55am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, colors, lights & bokeh!

29 Dec 2016 10:44am

Claudiel from belgium, Belgium

A nice survived flower

29 Dec 2016 11:02am

Frances from Boston, United States

Beautiful look at this cactus blooming. Your comments on the white flies is interesting, during the summer here in New England quite a few varieties of plants have been damaged, by some kind of moth that has appeared for the first time.

29 Dec 2016 11:08am

@Frances: This white fly is the cochineal insect and when crushed makes a carmine dye. I think it has always been present since prickly pears were introduced in Spain, but over the past couple of years it has rampaged completely out of control. I suspect climate change may have something to do with it

wcamille (Wallace) from Burlington, Canada

Excellent colour.. Well done!

29 Dec 2016 12:40pm

Devi from Chennai, India

what a beautiful blossom!! The shade is lovely and great details in the flower...ovely buds too. Never knew that cactus could be affected by flies!

29 Dec 2016 1:39pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a unique and beautiful cactus bloom you've captured here!!

29 Dec 2016 2:17pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

How wonderfully she floats there.

29 Dec 2016 2:23pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This remaining blossom certainly looks very good. I liike the shape and color of this blossom. Well done.

29 Dec 2016 4:16pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of the flower ! I knew that some treescould be attacked by flies but not cactus !!

29 Dec 2016 4:31pm

@Mhelene: See my comment to Frances above or google cochineal

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful macro!

29 Dec 2016 5:01pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The cactus flowers are always wonderful. Great shot!

29 Dec 2016 6:40pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


29 Dec 2016 10:50pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh trop bien

30 Dec 2016 9:15am

1/262 second
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)