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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Cicadi orni

    I've never managed to get a decent photo of a cicada - until the recent holiday in Spain. This insect was high up the El Ports mountains singing away on a pine tree in very warm sunny weather. Males produce their shrill incessant song by vibrating membranes on each side of the body - generally at ambient temperatures above 25°C. Very much a sound of the Mediterranean. The larvae live in the soil for several years feeding on roots. Adults fly fast and straight with occasionally significant changes of direction - quite charcteristic.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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