Echinops plants, also known as globe thistles, are a genus of prickly, herbaceous plants that belong to the family Asteraceae. The name Echinops comes from the Greek words echinos (hedgehog) and ops (face), which refers to the spiky appearance of the plant's flowers.

Globe thistles are native to Europe, Asia, and eastern Africa, and they typically grow in dry, rocky habitats. The plants can reach heights of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) and have deeply lobed, gray-green leaves that are covered in stiff hairs.

The most distinctive feature of Echinops plants is their large, round flower heads, which are composed of numerous small florets that are surrounded by spiky bracts. The flowers can be blue, purple, or white and appear in the summer and fall.

Echinops plants have been used in traditional medicine for their anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. However, it's important to note that some parts of the plant, particularly the spines, can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, so they should be handled with care.

'Insectivora' is an outdated taxonomic grouping that was once used to classify small, insect-eating mammals. This order included shrews, moles, hedgehogs, and several other related species. However, modern molecular evidence has revealed that this grouping is not monophyletic, meaning it does not include all descendants of a common ancestor. As a result, the order Insectivora is no longer recognized in current taxonomy. Instead, these animals are now classified into several different orders based on their evolutionary relationships.