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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • summer butterflies

    In the last month I taken several people out looking at butterflies locally and we've found an interesting selection. At this time of year there is a good variety and we can often see around 30 species a day in the best areas. There's a nice mix of blues, browns, whites, fritillaries, skippers plus some of the larger species like Lesser Purple Emperor and Great Banded Graying. We've also seen some rarer species like Woodland Brown, Great Sooty Satyr and Blue-spot Hairstreak. Below is a photo of a female Adonis Blue - this individual showing touches of blue. Photo below courtesy of Robert and Karen Brown. Rarely females can be completely blue with orange marginal spots (form ceronus) but they are generally brown. In the last week we have found small individuals, whereas they are generally a little larger than the Common Blue. The small size is related to higher temperatures when the eggs, larvae and pupae are developing in mid summer. Adonis and Common Blues are both frequent in Dordogne. The best way to separate them is by looking at the white fringes on fresh individuals. The Adonis shows black marks where the veins cross the fringe, often referred to as 'checkering'.


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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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