Piggy Cows

Suillus bovinus means Piggy Cow. It’s the scientific name of a common fungus of coniferous forests and commercial pine woods. They pop up everywhere you tread in the right habitat for them.

Suillus bovinus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Their colour is very distinctive.

They have a parasitic fungus which grows with them, Gomphidius roseus, which I’ve never found. That means no matter how many times I see a Piggy Cow I still look closely at them on the off chance there’ll be a rosy coloured parasite growing near them. 

Suillus bovinus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Not today, but I’ll keep looking.

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