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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Fox Moth

    The other morning I went out to move the cars around so that Audrey could use my minibus for work - completing missing this moth as I crossed the front step! Audrey of course found it immediately. I realised it was an "eggar-type" moth but couldn't quite place it. A quick look at the guides confirmed it as a female Fox Moth. These dark grey individuals are also common in the north of UK, whilst in the south of England they are a reddish-brown. Female moths generally have thin wiry antennae like this species, whereas the males are feathered and are used for searching for females - by picking up their scent pheromones to guide them. Males are day-flying, whilst females are active by night. They are quite a common species in Europe...and rather beautiful.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements 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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