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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Purple Emperor

    In Dordogne the Lesser Purple Emperor is quite a common butterfly at the right time of year and in the right habitat. Much rarer however is the Purple Emperor (also found in UK) which has a rather more northerly distribution. Recently whilst driving along a forest track at Bessède with a group we disturbed a large 'purple emperor' which didn't look quite right for a Lesser. I stopped the minibus and managed to get a couple of record confirm it was indeed a Purple Emperor - and my first in Dordogne. The white tooth mark on the lower wing emerging from the white line (exterior side) is charcteristic of the species. As you can see it had rather damaged lower wings.


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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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