Bilberry on the bog

Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) (c) Duncan Hutt

Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) (c) Duncan Hutt

It may not look that exciting but it was my ‘plant of the year’ so far; bog bilberry is a very close relative of the normal and pretty common bilberry but it’s a lot rarer.  Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) is a larger plant than bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and has greyer and thicker leaves.  It produces berries that are very similar if a little larger and less sweet than bilberries but it was a little early for these.  It’s a relatively common plant in northern Scandinavia but in England it’s confined to a few sites in the far north.

Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) (c) Duncan Hutt

Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) (c) Duncan Hutt

Another notable plant on the site was cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), yet another member of the same family.  This was unusually common and, in some places, still in flower.

It wasn’t only plants to be seen, a female scorpion fly (Panorpa communis) is a small but striking insect and almost found itself caught in a spider’s web.  The male has an abdomen that ends with what resembles a scorpion tail but the female lacks this.

Scorpion fly (c) Duncan Hutt

Scorpion fly (c) Duncan Hutt

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2 Responses to Bilberry on the bog

  1. So you’d need more sugar with those bilberries? That scorpion fly is beautiful – does it have a sting?

  2. thehutts says:

    No the scorpion fly has no sting. Stinging is pretty much confined to some wasps, bees and ants (all part of the same general family, hymenoptera, within insects).

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