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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • a High Brown came calling...

    Yesterday I spent the morning in Liorac Forest between here (near Bergerac) and our old house in Mauzac. I was doing survey work for the rare False Ringlet butterfly which was unsuccessful, though I did find some individuals at a few sites in the Landais Forest north of Bergerac last week.

    However, a very pleasant surprise was to find a High Brown Fritillary which shot past me (and into my net fortunately). This was rather timely after the last blog entry concerning the Dark Green Fritillary, including a comparison with the High Brown's underside hindwing pattern. Below you can clearly see the series of white-centred (orangey-) brown spots between the marginal and central lines of white spots. Interestingly the white spots don't seem as silvery as the Dark Green's. I tried flash photography but got no real reflections. This photo is natural light. Also the white-centred "brown spots" seem more dark orange to me. Just goes to show - don't believed everything you read in books. Anyway it's another beautiful butterfly.


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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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