Long-tailed Blue 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.

Species:

Introduction

Description to be completed.

ab. caerulea (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. Fuscous ground colour, with bright violet or bellargus [Adonis Blue] blue scaling. The remainder as in the typical form, two black spots at the anal angle of hindwings well marked, the remainder of the hind-marginal series ill-developed, edged faintly with pale.

ab. caeruleafasciata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. caerulea Tutt, fuscous ground, with bright violet or bellargus [Adonis Blue] blue scaling, but also with pale transverse band across the hindwings as in ab. typicafasciata Tutt.

ab. caeruleamarginata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. caeruleafasciata Tutt but with marginal series of spots on forewing indicated as in ab. typicamarginata Tutt.

ab. clara (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. Fuscous ground, with bright metallic hylas [syn. dorylas, Turquoise Blue] blue scaling, tending to green in some lights. Two black spots at the anal angle of hindwings well marked, the remainder of the hind-marginal series ill-developed, edged faintly with pale.

ab. clarafasciata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. clara Tutt, with bright metallic hylas [syn. dorylas, Turquoise Blue] blue scaling, tending to green in some lights, but also with pale transverse band across hindwings as in ab. typicafasciata Tutt.

ab. claramarginata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. clarafasciata Tutt, but with marginal series of spots on forewings indicated as per ab. typicamarginata Tutt, the hind marginal series of spots on hindwings faintly indicated on forewings.

ab. ecaudata (Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1910.4.p.157.)

Female. Oberthür records, “M. Powell hatched a female without tails at Hyères. He sent me this specimen with a note authenticating this kind of variation, which I call ecaudata”.

ab. fusca (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. Fuscous ground, with no blue scaling whatsoever, the remainder as per typical boeticus, two black spots at the anal angle of hindwings well marked, the remainder of the hind-marginal series ill-developed, edged faintly with pale.

ab. fuscafasciata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. fusca Tutt, fuscous ground, with no blue scaling whatsoever, but with pale transverse band across hindwings as per ab. typicafasciata Tutt.

ab. fuscamarginata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female. As per ab. fuscafasciata Tutt, fuscous ground, with no blue scaling whatsoever, and with pale transverse band across hindwings as per ab. typicafasciata Tutt and with a marginal series of spots on forewings indicated as per ab. typicamarginata Tutt.

ab. grisescens (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.335.)

Male. Upperside ground colour somewhat greyer in appearance than the normal purplish hue. Of orbitulus tint. There are several species to which Tutt may be referring when he uses the term of orbitulus tint. These include Lycaena orbitulus, the Greenish Mountain Blue, Plebejus orbitulus, the Alpine Argus and Albulina orbitulus, the Alpine Blue. Only Tutt for sure can know to which he refers.

ab. major (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.337.)

Large specimens above 30mm.

ab. minor (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.337.)

Specimens below 25mm in size.

ab. typicafasciata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

= albovittata Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1910.4.p.156.

Female. With an extra, well-developed, whitish, transverse band between the hind margin and centre of hindwings. Otherwise typical boeticus female, fuscous, with metallic purplish scaling, the two black spots at the anal angle of hindwings well marked, the remainder of the hind-marginal series ill-developed, edged faintly with pale. Oberthür, describing albovittata in Lep.Comp.1910.4.p.156 writes, “There are two types of female and all gradations between the two extreme forms exist: first, the more typical form [in France]; this has the ground colour brown, with the wing bases dusted with a sprinkling of blue up to beyond the middle; then the other form, whose hindwings are crossed, from the costal margin to near the anal margin, by a band of sometimes very well defined white spots: albovittata, Oberthür”. This would appear to be covered by ab. typicafasciata Tutt.

Long-tailed Blue (female ab.) - Lancing Station, Sussex 25-Oct-2015

Photo © Neil Hulme
Sussex Brood
25-Oct-2015

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ab. typicamarginata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.336.)

Female As per ab. typicafasciata Tutt but, in addition, with the hind marginal series of spots on hindwings faintly indicated on forewings.