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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Stick Insect

    I remember at school years ago that there was a craze for a short period of having stick insects as pets - not that I had one sadly. They must have been Asian or perhaps African species I suppose. Coming to live in France I didn't realise there were native species (in fact 3) though they are not easy to see normally. The experts say search at dusk when they are more active and notably in bramble patches - conjures up an interesting scene!

    We were therefore lucky to find an adult stick insect in broad day-light recently on one of the shutters of our new home. The children were fascinated by it. And after some close-up study Joseph and Hannah "liberated it" in some bushes (we couldn't find the brambles!). The species in question is Clonopsis gallica, the French name is a bit more exciting than the English one: "Phasme Gaulois".!


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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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