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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Lime Hawk Moth

    We were inspecting the recent construction work of our new terrace when Audrey found this unfortunate moth by one of the shutters. It was barely alive and ants had already found it. The insect was in perfect condition apart from a mal-formed wing which must have been the cause of its demise. On first seeing it I thought it was perhaps a Poplar Hawk - but that is greyer or maybe an Oak Hawk - but then that is greener! Checking the guides I found it was in fact a Lime Hawk which makes perfect sense for up above it, spreading out over our terrace is a large 150 year old Lime tree! The underwing upperside has a beautiful salmon-pink colour just showing in the photo.


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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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