Wall 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:

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Description to be completed.

Unclassified Aberrations

Wall - aberration - Cley next the Sea - 30-May-00 [Alan Roe]

Photo © Alan Roe

wall aberation 31-May-2010

Photo © ColinC
31-May-2010

Wall male (aberration) Castle Hill NNR, East Sussex 30-April-2012

Photo © Average Wingspan
31-May-2012

Wall (m) (ab.fascia) 29.7.10  East Sussex. Downland boy

Photo © downland boy
29-Jul-2010

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ab. alba-rufa (Caruel.(nom.nov.pro.pallida.Gussich).Misc.Ent.1948.45.p.77.)

= pallida Gussich.Glasnik.Hrvats.Prirodosl.Drustva.1917.29.p.220.,nom.preoc.Gillmer.

The ground colour of all wings reddish-white instead of the normal red-brown. This would appear to be pink, reddish-white can hardly be included under the straw coloured examples, so it is kept separate.

ab. alberti (Albert.Ent.Z.1895.9.p.27.fig.p.57.)

= triocellata Tutt.Ent.Rec.1910.22.p.158
= hermini Hirschke.Ver.zool.-bot.Ges.Wien.1910.60.p.411.
= addenda Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1936.79.p.279.,see vol.100.p.437.

Upperside of the forewings showing the main large apical eyespot and an extra small one above it near the apex, also another below it in cell 3, between veins 3 and 4, half the size of the main one and also pupilled with white.

ab. albipuncta (Lempke.Lamb.1947.47.p.24.)

Upperside of the forewings showing no black ring around the white pupil of the apical eyespot.

ab. anticrassipuncta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.437.)

Upperside of the forewings with the apical eyespot distinctly enlarged but with only one white pupil. Almost exclusively a female form.

ab. apiciocellata (Tutt.Ent.Rec.1910.22.pp.158 and 180.)

The upperside of the forewings with a small extra ocellus near the apex. Tutt assumed that the type of megera had only the main apical eyespot present.

ab. bicubitocellata (Verity.(nom.nov.pro.triocellata.Salzl).Farf.It.1953.5.p.24.)

= triocellata Salzl.(nom.preoc.Tutt).Mitt.Munch.Ent.Ges.1924.14.p.142.

Upperside of the forewings with an extra spot above the main apical eyespot and two others below it in cells 2 and 3, all with white pupils.

ab. biocellata (Lempke.Lamb.1947.47.p.20.fig.p.24.f.4.)

Upperside of the forewings with an extra spot below the main apical eyespot, in cell 4 and clearly separated.

ab. bipupilla (Mosley.Nat.Journ.1896.5.Suppl.p.16.)

= bipupillata Turner.Ent.Rec.1932.44.p.61.

Upperside of the forewings showing two white pupils in the main apical eyespot instead of the normal one.

ab. brandanfelda (Blackie.Entom.1920.53.p.240.)

= xanthos Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.pl.6.f.2.

A pale straw xanthic example. Frohawks’s xanthos is of a very pale straw, whitish, with only a hint of yellowish.

ab. castaneopicta (Verity.Ent.Rec.1923.35.p.25.)

The black pattern of the upperside mixed with chestnut, some females being quite pale on this account.

ab. croesus (Stauder.Z.Wiss.Ins.Biol.1922.17.p.173.)

Examples showing on the upperside of the forewing a number of extra ocelli, exceeding in number those of the other eyed forms.

ab. decorata (Caruel.Misc.Ent.1948.45.p.82.)

On the underside of the forewings in the apical area there is, above the small ocellus above the main eyespot, a still further very small ocellus. Rare, much less frequent on the upperside.

ab. dentata (Crombrugghe.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1911.11.p.82.)

On the upperside of the forewings the yellow disc is toothed externally. Hindwings of a shade more obscure than the type. The meaning of this description is not clear [Goodson & Read].

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

On the upperside of the hindwings the small white points in the ocelli are absent. Somewhat similar to ab. furialis Schultze which however has only two tiny black points remaining of the marginal ocelli. In depuncta the ocelli are presumably all present but lack the white points.

ab. elongata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.437.)

Forewings with the apical eyespot elongated.

ab. furialis (Schultze.Ent.Z.1908.21.p.278.)

Upperside of the hindwings with no white pupilled ocelli, only two black dots or points remaining which are hardly visible.

ab. goodsoni (Hopkins.Entom.1955.88.p.74.pl.3.figs.5-6.)

Essentially an underside form. The row of ocelli on the underside of the hindwings present but each ocellus represented only by the outer brown ring and a minute white pupil. The black spot and the narrow brown ring, which surrounds it, completely absent. Forewings with markings strongly obsolescent on the outer side of the apical eye. Hindwings much less variegated than usual, the marginal thin line represented by a somewhat thick brownish band.

ab. impupillata (Lempke.Lamb.1947.47.p.24.)

Upperside of the forewings showing no white pupil in the apical eyespot.

ab. inocellata (Lempke.Lamb.1947.47.p.24.)

Upperside of the forewings with no apical eyespot.

ab. latimargo (Stammeshaus.Ent.Ber.(Amst.).1954.15.p.271.fig.)

On the upperside of the forewings the dark outer border is strongly widened so that it nearly reaches the apical eyespot.

ab. limbojuncta (Stammeshaus.Ent.Ber.(Amst.).1954.15.p.271.fig.)

Upperside of the hindwings with the ocelli elongated and connected by a short dark line to the dark outer border.

ab. lugens (Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1912.6.pl.124.f.1107.,see Lep.Comp.1909.p.366.)

Upperside of the forewings dark fuscous except for a median band of normal ground colour. There is also a small ring of normal ground around the apical eyespot. Hindwings completely dark fuscous with the marginal ocelli narrowly surrounded with fulvous.

ab. magnocellata (Verity.Farf.It.1953.5.p.25.pl.56.f.2.)

Upperside of the hindwings with the ocelli twice as large as usual.

ab. mediolugens (Fuchs.Jahrb.Nass.Ver.Nat.1892.45.p.87.)

= transfuscata Cabeau.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1920.20.p.2.
= fascia Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.pl.6.f.3.

The median area of the forewings upperside filled in between the transverse lines with brownish or blackish, forming a dark band from the costa to the inner margin. Fuch’s example was a male, Cabeau’s a female, the latter naturally shows a broader band.

ab. melaina (Oberthür.Etudes.1896.20.pl.2.f.12.)

Upperside with the fulvous ground colour suffused with fuscous especially at the base and on the margin of the forewings.

ab. minor (Gussich.Glasnik.Hrvats.Prirodosl.Drustva.1917.29.p.220.)

Much smaller specimens, 34-36mm. The hindwing upperside more dusted.

ab. nongeminata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.438.)

On the underside of the hindwings at the anal angle is a single eyespot instead of the normal double one.

ab. operta (Schultze.Soc.Ent.1904.19.p.10.)

Upperside of the forewings showing no white pupil in the apical eyespot and the hindwings with no white pupils in the marginal ocelli.

ab. pallescens (Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1912.6.pl.124.f.1104.)

= flavescens Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.pl.6.f.1.

Albino. The usual dark markings of a silvery-grey, the ground colour normal.

ab. pallida (Gillmer.Int.Ent.Z.1908.1.p.359.)

= albescens Crombrugghe.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1911.11.p.82.

Gillmer merely says of a paler ground colour than the type form. Presumably it is yellowish. Crombrugghe’s albescens, despite the name, was also described as of a paler yellow than the type form so it is placed as a synonym. Lempke, presumably because of the name, treats albescens as the whitish form with brandanfelda Blackie and xanthos Frohawk as synonyms. The type of xanthos is almost white [Goodson & Read].

ab. parviocellata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.437.)

Upperside of the forewings with the apical eyespot distinctly reduced in size.

ab. parvopunctata (Stach.Spraw.Kom.Fizyogr.Krakow.(1920-22)1922.55-56.p.133.)

No description.

ab. postannulata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.436.)

On the upperside of the hindwings the yellow band along the outer border is reduced to narrow rings around the eyespots.

ab. postdisconulla (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.436.)

On the upperside of the hindwings the pale discal band fails.

ab. posteropluriocellata (Demoulin.Lamb.1940.40.p.29.)

Upperside of the hindwings with six black marginal spots instead of the normal four, the two extra ones being towards the apex.

ab. postreducta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1957.100.p.438.)

Upperside of the hindwings with only two eyespots, usually centered with white.

ab. pseudoadrasta (Stauder.Z.Wiss.Ins.Biol.1922.17.p.173.pl.3.f.1.)

Somewhat albinotic. The dark transverse lines on the upperside of the forewings only lightly indicated and on the underside almost obliterated so that it has an almost uniform appearance. Hindwings with the upper and underside uniformly pale. Described from a female.

ab. quadriocellata (Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1909.3.p.365.)

Upperside of the forewings with the main apical eyespot containing two white pupils and showing an extra ocellus above it near the apex, and another below it in cell 3.

ab. reducta (Hofer.Soc.Ent.1920.35.p.45.f.2.)

On the upperside of the forewings the transverse stripe, which runs from the costa to the tornus, is widened as it nears the tornus and contains three spots of normal ground colour. Hindwings dark fuscous with a narrow fulvous median band which is all that remains of the normal fulvous area, most of the marginal ocelli being obscured with fulvous.

ab. simplex (Caruel.Misc.Ent.1948.45.p.80.)

The upperside of the forewings without the small ocellus sometimes present on the outer side of the main eyespot near the apex. Caruel apparently took the opposite point of view regarding the Linnaean Type, he states that the type form shows an extra small ocellus and names the form without it. Tutt, in his ab. apiciocellata, states that the type does not possess it and names the form, which does. The type must be examined before it can be decided which is a synonym.

ab. totenigrocellata (Verity.Farf.It.1953.5.p.25.pl.56.f.2.)

Underside of the hindwings with the ocelli entirely black with the usual white pupil and surrounded by the usual grey ring, as on the upperside. Normally the white pupil is narrowly surrounded by black and then with very slender circles.

ab. triopes (Muschamp.Ent.Rec.1910.22.p.146.)

Upperside of the forewings with an enormous apical eyespot containing three white pupils. The main part of the eye contains two white pupils and is joined to a smaller one above it, which is also pupilled with white; the three white pupils are thus enclosed in one ring.

ab. vigens (Gillmer.Int.Ent.Z.1907.1.p.359.)

The ground colour of the upperside brighter. The description is not clear as to the exact colour [Goodson & Read].