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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Lang's Short-tailed Blue

    I always hoped to find this species at our previous house in Mauzac but never did - though during our final season (2017) a guest found one by our letter box one early evening late in the season. I always check the smaller blues, skippers and fritillaries carefully in case there is something unusual amongst them, and this time I was rewarded with a very fresh female nectaring on mint in the little valley across the road from us. The underside is an unusual grey and white mottled pattern and there are a couple of small black spots adjacent to the little tail. The black spot is ringed by silver-blue and that is surrounded by a hazy reddish broader circle.

    Like the much more common Long-tailed Blue, it is one of the many small African blues and its distribution reaches Europe around the Mediterranean. From here it is gradually colonising SW France mainly along the coast. There are three generations a year and the latter ones are particularly numerous often leading to migration north of its normal range as far as Brittany and Alsace. Only one specimen has ever been observed in the UK: at Bloxworth in Dorset, 1938. Bloxworth is a famous site for rare blue butterflies as it was here in 1885 that the first acknowledged Short-tailed Blue was observed in the UK.


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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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