Purple Hairstreak 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. aurantia-excessa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.238.)

= inframaculata Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1956.98.p.323.

Unusual development of orange in the antemarginal band on the underside of the forewings, especially towards the anal angle. Lempke's inframaculata had two large yellow-brown spots before the outer border of the forewings in cells 1 and 2.

ab. bellus-bipunctatus (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.237.)

Female. With a wedge-shaped orange spot just outside the discoidal cell and another just below it. Quite unnecessary as covered by ab. flavimaculatus Lienard.

ab. bellus-excessus (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.237.)

Female. With three orange spots on the forewings and a well-marked streak running along the inner margin from the anal angle to rather more than half way towards the base. Quite unnecessary as covered by ab. flavimaculatus Lienard.

ab. bellus-obsoletus (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.236.)

Female. Only the faintest possible trace of a light spot at the end of the discoidal spot of the forewings. Quite unnecessary as covered by ab. flavimaculatus Lienard.

ab. bellus-unipunctus (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.237.)

Female. With a wedge-shaped spot of orange or brown, very brightly marked, just outside the discoidal cell. Quite unnecessary as covered by ab. flavimaculatus Lienard.

ab. caerulea (Schwingenschuss.Z.Wien.Ent.Ges.1953.38.p.102.)

Female. Completely blue forewings, only the veins and a thin margin remaining black. Bred from larva.

ab. caerulescens (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1936.79.p.289.)

Female. The usual purple patch is of a blue tint. This can only be seen if viewed in certain lights.

ab. depuncta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1956.98.p.323.)

On the underside of the hindwings the black central point of the anal orange patch, fails.

ab. flavimaculatus (Lienard.Mem.Soc.Philomatique Verdun.1850.4.p.389.)

= bellus Gerhard.Monogr.Beitr.Schmett.(Lycaen.).1853.p.4.pl.4.f.2.

Female. An orange-brownish spot at the end of the discoidal cell of the forewings sometimes a second one close to it.

ab. infraflavomaculata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1956.98.p.323.)

On the underside of the forewings the spots before the outer margin, usually orange, are yellow.

ab. latefasciata (Courvoisier.Mitt.Schweiz.Ent.Ges.1903.XI.p.24.)

= albovirgata Oberthür.Lep.Comp.1910.4.p.60.

On the underside of the hindwings the “thecla band” is strikingly broad. Oberthür says the white band is similar to Tutt's albovirgata in Satyrium w-album [White-letter Hairstreak].

ab. major (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.237.)

Large specimens above 38mm.

ab. minor (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.237.)

Small specimens below 30mm.

ab. obsoleta (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.236.)

Female. The purple patch on the forewings so much reduced that it can hardly be noticed.

ab. pallescens (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.236.)

Male. A pale shade of blue-grey replacing the purple tint.

ab. semi-obsoleta (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1907.9.p.236.)

Female. The upper portion of the purple patch on the forewings is absent, the lower part normal in colour.

ab. violacea (Niepelt.Int.Ent.Z.1914.8.p.144.)

Male. The usual dark violet colour replaced by glossy blue similar in tint to the central patch of the female.