Fritillary sp - possibly Heath, Meadow or Provencal? I haven't yet purchased a decent field guide that covers the European species. It has been on a 'to do' list for years. Edit - Knapweed Fritillary - big thank you to Tim for ID.
Our stay in Provence was very much a family holiday so I didn't spend a lot of time looking for wildlife. I didn't stray more than a few hundred metres from the campsite but there was so much to see that it was utterly absorbing and frustrating in equal measure because most of the insects I was looking at I couldn't put a name to! I've been to the area many times before but each visit throws up new discoveries and surprises.
Praying Mantis - I found loads of these whilst looking for butterflies and moths but all the others were bright green. Some were huge.
Hoopoe with Mont Ventoux in the background. The wires that the Hoopoe is on regularly supported Bee-eaters and on one memorable morning, a flock of 30+ Bee-eaters was joined by 10+ Hoopoes and 2 Rollers that were all swooping down in to the vineyard below to catch insects.
Skipper sp, possibly Mallow?
Southern White Admiral
Bee-eater - one of a flock of 30+ that were regularly seen in the vineyards bordering the campsite.
Violet Carpenter Bee
Edit - Knapweed Fritillary
Black Redstarts - this nest was in the campsite bar. All 4 juveniles fledged at the end of the week but looked extremely vulnerable as they hopped around underneath the tables and chairs in the bar.
I think these are Vineyard Snails Cernuella virgata. There were masses of them covering all the low vegetation around the campsite. They are aestivating which means they are hibernating while the conditions are so hot and dry. This prevents them from drying out.
Chalkhill Blue or Provence Chalkhill Blue - Edit - this is Provence Chalkhill Blue - thanks again Tim.
Darter sp - I don't do dragonflies but this one posed and looked quite smart! Edit - Red-veined Darter - thank you Steve.