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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Wood Whites

    In the spring here one of the first white butterflies on the wing is the Wood White. It's a rare species in UK but common here. It flies in several generations which span the spring to autumn period. It has a very characteristic slow, floppy flight, generally low to the ground. It looks so fragile and yet can hold it's own against a strong breeze, although in such conditions they seek out a sheltered spot to settle. The large dark spot at the top of the forewing upperside is only seen in flight. The rounded wings and mottled underside is easily seen when the butterflies settles. Eggs are laid on legumes such as Perrenial Pea and Bird's-foot Clover. In Dordogne it would appear that we only have the common species Leptidea sinapis.


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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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