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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Fritillary caterpillar webs

    Like many moths some species of butterfly caterpillars construct silken webs for protection especially when they are small. These are Glanville Fritillary caterpillars with black spiky bodies and brown heads. At this time of year you see them in the grass by tracksides. The Glanville Fritillary is common in France perhaps not surprisingly with a very common caterpillar foodplant: Ribwort Plaintain - a garden 'weed'. So why is it only found on the Isle of Wight (and the immediate adjacent mainland) in UK? Probably it is at it's northerly limit for climatic reasons: temperature and sunshine hours but perhaps parasites etc. play a role.


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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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