One thing we really enjoy about visiting (and now living in) Spain is all of the cacti and succulents we come across literally every day. It’s especially impressive when you consider that we’re currently living in a small city while we figure out the best place to set up our land plan!
Recently, we walked for a few hours around the protected area which surrounds part of Sabadell, an hour or so from the centre of Barcelona. While we didn’t think to photograph all of the cool plants we saw, we did stop to take a look at a couple of large Opuntia cacti growing along our way.
Sadly (dependent on your perspective), it’s quite common for such plants to become infested to a lesser or greater degree with bugs such as the cochineal beetle (commercially used to make food colourings), which manifest themselves as clusters of white fluff and leave purple smears if squashed (hence the food colouring).
From what we’ve read so far, these particular beetles aren’t that bad for the plants which unwillingly host them, but we’re not too confident of this ourselves, based purely on the visual appearance of many of the larger infested plants we’ve come across.
Anyway, without any further ado, here’s some Opuntia photos!