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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • female Orange-tip having a rest...

    When I was a little boy in England this was one of my favourite butterflies, well the male with the "orange tips" really. But the female goes almost forgotten as people see "another cabbage white" flit by. In fact when you look at it in detail it is rather a pretty little butterfly and not just plain black and white. The underside hindwings have very delicate green and white marbling like the male. They lay there eggs on various wild members of the cabbage family like Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) The species is a harbinger of better summer days to come...which is never a bad thing. In the Mediterranean there is an exotic yellowish species.


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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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