Carnivorous sundew often lurks in spaghnum moss, a trap for unwary insects. Each leaf is spiked with translucent hairs tipped with a sticky dew. Water drains off Wrynose Fell, down toward Bleamoss Beck where sundew in a surround of golden sphagnum overhangs the rushing water. I have many an image like this one- it's a plant whose habit interests me. Unlike carnivorous butterwort, whose pale leaves show well into autumn, sundew leaves little trace. Sunlight glints on water-tracks threading across Bleamoss and it's irresistible. And the sun gleams on mystery clots of carmine too. What a find!
From Bleamoss looking toward the Langdale Pikes
Sundew on Bleamoss. Clumps of sundew, not hidden amongst vegetation but the sole plant in water draining across the moss. The intense colour was startling. In my experience this isn't the sundew habit. It's often half-hidden deep amongst the flora of blanket bog. On a hot August day this Bleamoss habitat would attract hosts of insects, including breeding dragonflies and damselflies.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)