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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Dropwings in Aquitaine

    On a recent walk in the little valley near the house I was pleased to find this Violet Dropwing. The species has colonised Aquitaine in the last fifteen or twenty years and is now quite common. It's originally an African species but presumably aided by climate chnage it is moving northwards.

    I was surprised to see recently (first recorded 2019 by René Brenguier) that another African dropwing has appeared in Aquitaine at Cambo-les-Bains not far from Bayonne on a tributary of the River Adour. It was previously only known from several Mediterranean departments. I wonder whether this will see a similar expansion through Aquitaine in the coming years? The male is a dramatic-looking insect with a bright red body and large orange patches at the base of the wings. Photo below taken from Faune-Aquitaine by René Brenguier.


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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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