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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Southern Small White

    We are always checking the "cabbage whites" on the dry stony grasslands at places like Condat and Saint Pompon for the rare Southern Small White. Thanks to my friends Dudley and Jean Cheesman who photographed this specimen we recorded one at Saint Pompon. I saw the butterfly but unfortunately for me it wouldn't settle! The size, shape and darkness of the markings help to identify it, together with an even dusting of grey cells over the pale yellow hindwing underside. With one spot on the forewing it's a male.


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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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