Essex Skipper 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

Essex Skipper at Knowlton Church, Dorset - 15-Jul-14 [Peter Klein]

Photo © Peter Klein

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ab. antiardens (Lempke.Ent.Ber.(Amst.).1939.10.p.121.)

The black parts of the wings fail, leaving them uniform yellowish-brown. The form corresponds exactly with ab. antiardens Oberthür of T. sylvestris [Small Skipper]. Almost certainly an albino.

ab. brunnea (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

The wings of a deep chocolate-brown.

ab. clara (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

Clear golden brown with clear-cut narrow marginal black line. Now regarded as a continental race although Tutt described it as an aberration.

ab. fulva (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.252.)

The ground colour brownish-yellow, distinctly paler than typical.

ab. intermedia (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

In size intermediate between the type and ab. major but having the heavier build of major. Size 30-31mm. Now regarded as a continental race so need not be used in Britain.

ab. major (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

Large specimens 32-33mm. Considered to be a continental subspecies by Verity but was described as an aberration by Tutt.

ab. major-clara (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

Large specimens, 32-33mm, of ab. clara Tutt.

ab. marginatus (Picard.Lamb.1948.48.p.40.)

Female. The upperside of the hindwings with a dark border enlarged to occupy one fifth of the wings.

ab. pallida (Mosley.Nat.Journ.1896.Aug.Suppl.p.19.vol.5.)

= pallida Tutt.Brit.Butts.1896.Oct.p.136.
= ardens Oberthü

The ground colour yellowish-white.

ab. semicolon (Staudinger.Iris.1892.5.p.282.)

The discal streak of the male thicker and the little stroke beneath it blacker.

ab. sinelinea (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.253.)

The androconial line on the upperside of the forewings is so pale that it is hardly, or not at all, to be seen.

ab. suffusa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.96.)

With well-developed margins and nervures, the discoidal nervure not black.