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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • the larger fritillaries

    We've now seen just about all of the small fritillary species emerge here in Dordogne with the final one being Heath Fritillary in late May, though like most species it has emerged earlier this year with the warm spring. The Heather Fritillary always has an rich even orange background colour on the forewings and the dark markings are regular and heavier than the other similar species. The key marking is on the underside (and upperside) of the forewing near the outer lower edge where there is a larger dark marginal mark (or lunule), not seen on the other species.

    Summer really feels like it is arriving when the larger fritillaries start emerging - and that is now! Last week I found this male Marbled Fritillary in our little local valley.

    Yesterday out by the reservoir at Issigeac I saw my first male Siver-washed Fritillary - a big orange long-winged beauty.


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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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