Argemone pleiacantha ?
Photographed at Hassayampa Box Canyon, Yavapai Co., Arizona. April 2008.
Roadside west of Tonopah, Arizona. 5 Apr. 2020.
ARMED. Leaves, buds and stems are covered with long, thin, sharp
prickles. In addition the foliage and fruit contain toxic alkaloids.
The flower's pollen draws a variety if insects including bees and blister beetles. In the video watch how honey bees race through the forest of stamens gathering nutritious pollen as they go.
Red-eared Blister Beetle
Papaveraceae -- Poppy Family
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