Large 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

Large Skipper ab. pallida. 16/7/2013 Alfriston, East Sussex.

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ab. clara (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.135.)

Bright fulvous, the marginal areas particularly dark, the forewings with a narrow black marginal line. The hindwings more broadly black-margined, the pale spots full coloured, bright but contrasting with the ground colour. It is difficult to know what Tutt meant by "the marginal areas particularly dark" when he says that the forewing only have a narrow black marginal line.

ab. contrasta (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.261.)

Ground colour of the upperside black-brown, the spots normal as regards colour and size, sharply contrasting.

ab. extensa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.135.)

The pale spots of both fore and hindwings united with the discal spots and continued to the base as a pale blotch, leaving a dark outer margin.

ab. grisea (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.260.)

The ground colour of the upperside of the wings greyish with strongly contrasting narrow black border, the spots yellow-brown sharply contrasting.

ab. infraflava (Verity.Boll.Lab.Zool.Portici.1920.14.p.45.)

The underside uniformly light or bright yellow, without the quadrangular spaces.

ab. infranigrans (Verity.Boll.Lab.Zool.Portici.1920.14.p.45.)

The underside covered with a sprinkling of black scales, the yellow quadrangular spaces still visible but less than normal.

ab. infraochracea (Verity.Boll.Lab.Zool.Portici.1920.14.p.45.)

The underside of a reddish tint, the yellow quadrangular spaces still showing.

ab. infraviridis (

The underside of a beautiful vivid green.

ab. intermedia (Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.p.196.)

The ground colour straw-yellow.

ab. juncta (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.134.)

On the underside of the hindwings the disc is pale owing to the confluence of all the small spots into a single large one.

ab. obscura (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.134.)

= nigra Closs.Int.Ent.Z.1914.8.p.72.
= fuscus

Intense dark brown, the spots small and distinct. Closs's nigra was much darker than the type on both upper and underside. Blackish-brown with a few small spots or yellow cheques on fore and hindwings. Frohawk's fuscus had all wings deep brown with the markings only just discernible.

ab. obsoleta (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.134.)

Uniform fulvous-brown to the outer marginal areas, which are darker. The usual pale spots almost or quite obsolete.

ab. opposita (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.134.)

The pale spots contrasting strongly with the ground colour which is strongly mixed with fulvous, the darker tint conspicuously present at the base as well as in the marginal areas. Underside usually fairly marked with the upperside design.

ab. pallida (Mosley.Nat.Journ.1896.Suppl.p.18.)

= pallida Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.p.196.

The ground colour yellowish-bone. Frohawk's was whitish.

ab. pallidepunctata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.260.)

The ground colour as dark as in ab. opposita Tutt but the spots pale yellow-brown to yellow-white.

ab. paupera (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.134.)

The ground colour pallid, scaling poor, the dark areas tending to albinism and the spots more bleached than usual, giving the impression of pallid uniform colouring.

ab. pseudoesperi (Taccani.Boll.Soc.Ent.It.1949.79.p.6.)

Specimens with a lighter and more extensive yellow ground colour than our generally darker population subspecies septentrionalis Verity and therefore similar in appearance to subspecies esperi Verity from Southern Europe.

ab. striata (Lempke.Tijdschr.Ent.1953.96.p.261.)

The pale spots of the upper and underside of the hindwings extended in the shape of stripes.