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Nearly 120 species of butterfly have been recorded in Dordogne. An impressive total for a lowland département in France. This is largely thanks to the range of habitats including dry limestone grassland, heathland and fen, apart from the huge area of forest and hay meadows. The list includes some rare species at a European level including False Ringlet and Scarce Large Blue.


At and around La Cabane du Pommier we have recorded over 80 species. Almost all the commoner butterflies are found here at the right time of year including Large Tortoiseshell, Map, Cleopatra, Large Copper, Dryad, Large Blue, Lesser Purple Emperor and Mallow Skipper. We are also fortunate to have rarer species such as Baton, Turquoise and Reverdin's Blue plus Lesser Marbled and Twin Spot Fritillaries.


There is always something to see between March and October and butterfly enthusiasts have found return visits essential!

blues: three species high brown fritillary chalkhill blue graylings - four species

Woodland Brown

Blues puddling: Common, Provençal Short-tailed and Short-tailed

Graylings on fruit: Woodland, Tree, Common and Great-banded

Chalkhill Blue






David Simpson



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