Speckled Wood Aberrations

Due to the sheer number of named aberrations for some species, not all are shown on the species pages - only those for which corresponding images are available. This page, however, provides access to all of the named aberrations for a given species, where known and Goodson & Read (1969) is a key resource in this regard.



Description to be completed.

Unclassified Aberrations

'Blind' Speckled Wood - Somerset - 10/04/14

Photo © William

Unusually pale female Speckled Wood - Solihull West Midlands 05.09.2015

Photo © Neil Freeman

Pale ab. and female Speckled Wood with normal female - Solihull, West Midlands 05.09.2015

Photo © Neil Freeman

Speckled Wood ab. with reduced ocelli hindwing markings. Abbots Wood, 3rd April 2016

Photo © bugboy

Speckled Wood ab - Sussex 1-May-2016

Photo © trevor

Speckled Wood (lacking pale triangles on hindwing) - Hailsham, Sussex 31-March-2017

Photo © trevor

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ab. antico-excessa (Lempke.Lamb.1935.35.p.242.)

An extra ocellus or ocelli beneath the main apical eyespot of the forewing, cell 3 being the most usual position. The form is apparently rare compared with the same one in megera [Lasiommata megera, Wall].

ab. atavica (Verity.Ent.Rec.1919.31.p.127.)

The dark parts of the wings so reduced as to resemble a female megera [Lasiommata megera, Wall].

ab. bilinea (Verity.Farf.Ital.1953.5.p.13.pl.55.f.13.)

Underside of the hindwings with two strikingly distinct lines, which border the central area on both sides.

ab. bipupilla (Mosley.Nat.Journ.Suppl.1896.p.16.)

The apical eye of the forewing containing two white pupils.

ab. caeca (Lempke.Lamb.1935.35.p.243.)

The apical eye of the forewing not pupilled with white.

ab. cockaynei (Goodson.Entom.1951.84.p.30.)

Underside of the hindwings normal from the base to the median line, from which, outwards to the margins, they are completely black-brown, almost black, this area forming a wide band in striking contrast to the rest of the wing.

ab. conjuncta (Schnaider.Polsk.Pismo.Ent.(1949)1950.19.p.240.)

On the upperside of the hindwings there is a light spot in the median area, which is elongated upwards and joins the one on the costal border.

ab. diluta (Bubacek.Verh.zool.-bot.Ges.Wien.(1922)1923.72.p.30.)

The two dark bands running across the cell of the forewing absent, giving the wing a paler appearance.

ab. elongata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.432.)

The apical eye of the forewing elongated.

ab. eutaeniata (Debauche.Lamb.1928.28.p.58.)

Forewing upperside showing a complete band of yellow spots in the margin, the spot appearing in cell 3 is not usually in evidence. Erroneously placed under megera [Lasiommata megera, Wall] in Seitz.Macrolep.I.

ab. infrabrunnea (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.432.)

The underside of the hindwings nearly unicolorous dark brown.

ab. infranigrans (Verity.Boll.Zool.Lab.Potici.1920.14.p.57.)

Underside with the greenish parts replaced by obscure grey-brown.

ab. intermediana (Lempke.(nom.nov.pro.intermedia.Tutt.nec.Rühl).Lamb.1935.35.p.244.)

= intermedia Tutt.(nom.preoc.Rühl).Brit.Butts.1896.p.388.

The markings not yellow but pale fulvous. These specimens rarely reach the orange-brown colour of the Continental subspecies intermedia Rühl. Tutt's intermedia was merely an aberration occurring among the British race egerides and Lempke renamed it to avoid confusion.

ab. kerteszi (Dioszeghy.Rov.Lapok.1912.19.p.115.)

Ground colour pale brown-grey instead of fuscous, the patterning of a paler tint. The eyespots on the contrary are normal with a black surround. Underside with the patterning very weak, i.e. pale and dull yellow. Translation by Lempke [Goodson & Read].

ab. kulczynskii (Pruffer.Rozpr.Wydz.Polsk.Ak.Umiez.(1920)1921.60.Ser.B.p.124.pl.2.f.8.)

Male. On the forewings the outer costal spot, the spot immediately below it, and a third one touching the eyespot on its lower side, remain normal. The other spots are visible but so much obscured that they are hardly lighter than the dark ground colour. Hindwings with the costal and postdiscal spots present but the ocellated marginal band strongly reduced. Transitional to saturatior Crombrugghe but differs chiefly on the hindwings, which still show the marginal band of ocellated spots, these are absent in both ab. saturatior and ab. fusca Hackett.

Speckled Wood Male - Barton Broad, Norfolk 7-Sept-05

Photo © Vince Massimo

Speckled Wood ab. - Beacon Hill, LNR, Sussex 15-Sept-2014 [Peter Whitcombe]

Photo © Peter Whitcombe

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ab. latefasciata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.433.)

Hindwing upperside with the yellow band before the margin strongly enlarged and only divided by dark nervures, coalescing with the yellow spot at the end of the cell.

ab. marginata (Gussich.Glasnik.Hrvats.Prirodosl.Drustva.1917.29.p.219.)

Upperside of forewings with strongly broadened brown-yellow markings. The usual brown-yellow spots form a broad uninterrupted yellowish-white band. Also, on the outer margin, there is a long dark brown spot. Named marginata because of forewing band.

ab. megei (Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1909.3.p.375.,fig.Tijdschr.Ent.8.pl.2.f.1.)

All the dark parts silvery-grey instead of fuscous, the yellow markings normal.

ab. minima (Pionneau.Echange.1930.no.439.46.p.4.)

Small specimens below 34mm.

ab. mixta (Lempke.(nom.nov.pro.intermedia.Seitz.nec.Rühl).Lamb.1935.35.p.245.)

= intermedia Seitz.(nom.preoc.Rühl).Seitz.Macrolep.1909.1.p.133.

Some of the spots of the upperside yellowish-white, the others brownish, at least on their edges.

ab. monicae (Harrison.Ent.Mon.Mag.1949.85.p.27.)

Underside of forewings with the colour more contrasted and markings tending to become confluent, with a clear black streak in the inner pale area. Hindwings with a greater divergence, the ground colour basally darker and more solid, instead of appearing as a lighter inner portion succeeded by a darker zone; the terminal band much darker and more uniform in colour becoming black in the areas surrounding the four tiny white spots which replace the normal white pupilled eyespots. On the upperside the terminal band of lightish spots has each individual spot narrower and that towards the base obsolescent. Hindwings with the black spots white-pupilled, occupying a greater proportion of the reduced lighter patches. Presumably more aberrant on the underside which, here, is described first.

ab. omnicaeca (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.433.)

All the eyespots of the fore and hindwing uppersides are blind, not pupilled with white.

ab. pallida (Tutt.Brit.Butts.1896.p.388.)

= albiplaga Warnecke.Iris.1942.56.p.102.

All wings dark fuscous with whitish markings instead of yellow. Warnecke’s albiplaga had the spots white, therefore hardly separable.

ab. parviocellata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.432.)

The eyespots on the upperside of the wings distinctly reduced in size.

ab. postcaeca (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.433.)

The eyespots on the upperside of the hindwing blind, not pupilled with white.

ab. postico-excessa (Lempke.Lamb.1935.35.p.243.)

An extra ocellus at the anal angle of the hindwing upperside.

ab. postreducta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.434.)

Hindwing upperside with the pale spots on the costa and at the end of the cell absent.

ab. punctata (Gussich.Glasnik.Hrvats.Prirodosl.Drustva.1917.29.p.219.)

On the hindwing upperside in the fourth marginal yellow spot, counting from the anal angle, there is a black spot.

ab. reducta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.433.)

The number of eyespots on the upperside of the wings strongly reduced.

ab. saturatior (Crombrugghe.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1911.11.p.45.)

= fusca Hackett.Entom.1958.91.p.114.

Only four yellow spots remain on the forewing. The two lowest marginal ones near the tornus are absent and the two, one above and one below the apical eye are very small. The yellow band on the hindwing is completely obliterated. Hackett's fusca is so similar that it would be difficult to draw a line. Fore and hindwings blackish-brown except for two white dots, one above and one below the apical eye, and three other very faint traces of the usual speckles. Two of these are on the forewings, one on the edge of the discal cell, the other in the central area just above the median vein, the third on the hindwings below the costal margin. Unless the types are seen it would be difficult to know by these descriptions if they are different.

Speckled Wood - aberration - Wiltshire - 2007 [Terry Dabner]

Photo © Terry Dabner

Speckled Wood - imago - Quarrylands, nr Taunton, Somerset - 15-Sep-08 [Mark Fletcher]

Photo © Mark Fletcher

Ab.Saturatior - Orlestone Forest, Kent Sept 7th 2015

Photo © Allan.W.

Ab.Saturatior - Orlestone Forest, Kent Sept 7th 2015

Photo © Allan.W.

Speckled Wood (ab. saturatior?) - Houghton Forest, Sussex 23-Aug-2015 [Richard Symonds]

Photo © Richard Symonds

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ab. schmidti (Dioszeghy.Rov.Lapok.1912.19.p.115.)

The yellow spots in cells 1, 2 and 3 joined to the median cell and the two pale spots in the median cell are confluent. Hindwing spots much larger than usual. Underside without markings.

ab. uniformis (Verity.Farf.Ital.1953.5.p.13.pl.55.f.16.)

Underside of the hindwings yellowish in colour with weak darker markings.

ab. venata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.433.pl.13.f.11.)

The upperside of the hindwing showing pale nervures.