Small 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

Small Skipper male (pale ab.) Bookham Commons 29-June-2014

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Small Skipper - Bickenhill Solihull 12.07.2015

Photo © Neil Freeman

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ab. brunnea (Verity.(nec.Tutt).Farf.Diurn.It.1940.1.p.100.)

Verity credits Tutt with this name and says it is the same form as found in T. lineola, which was of a deep chocolate brown. Tutt did not name any brunnea so the name and description must be under Verity. It would appear that Verity meant suffusa Tutt, but chocolate-brown is rather different from just dark brown, the tint given by Tutt for sylvestris. Tutt however did name brunnea in lineola [Essex Skipper], which was of a deep chocolate brown.

ab. intermedia (

The ground colour pale straw-yellow. This is less whitish than pallida.

ab. lategrisea (Verity.Boll.Lab.Zool.Portici.1920.14.p.43.)

A wide border as in latenigra Verity but of a pale grey instead of black.

ab. latenigra (Verity.Boll.Lab.Zool.Portici.1920.14.p.43.)

A wide black border reaching from the margin half way to the discal cell, its inner edge extending along the veins in elongated serrations. The discocellulars black.

ab. major (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.,renamed macta Verity.)

Raised to subspecific rank by Verity and no longer named as an aberration.

ab. obscura (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

Rather darker than typical ground colour, being particularly suffused on the hindwings.

ab. pallida (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

= margarita Frohawk.Vars.Brit

The ground colour extremely pale, yellowish-white. Tutt's pallida was bone-coloured or whitish, tinged with yellow. Frohawk's margarita was yellowish-white. Lempke includes ardens Oberthür as a synonym but Oberthür says that this was an aberration of T. lineola [Essex Skipper].

Small Skipper ab. pallida. Edrington Berwickshire. Scotland. July 2nd 2010. IAC.

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Small Skipper ab pallida. Edrington, Berwickshire,Scotland,2nd July 2011.

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Second year running the ab has been seen in the same concentration of Skippers.

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ab. pallida-virescens (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

The forewings of a silver bone-colour, the hindwings shot with iridescent green.

ab. pallidiscus (Strand.Ent.Z.1912.25.p.258.,

Forewings upperside with a whitish cloud or spot in the centre, also seen on the underside. Hindwings with a similar white mark on the upperside only.

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

Bright golden-brown ground colour with a narrow clear-cut marginal black line. The female with no trace of the discoidal lunule. Named as being an aberration similar to iberica Tutt, which was raised to sub-specific rank by Verity.

ab. reversa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

= antiardens Oberthü,description p.357.

The body and blackish parts of the wings of a yellowish-blond, paler than the normal ground colour. The discal streak of the forewings is silver-grey.

ab. suffusa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

Dark brown on all wings.

ab. suffusa-virescens (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.107.)

Forewings from the base to the anal angle, right round for some distance into the costa, broadly suffused with dark greenish. Hindwings quite as dark as those of T. acteon, the small proportion of tawny showing up vividly.

ab. thaumatana (Strand.Arch.Naturg.1919.85.A4.p.19.)

The discal streak of the male, usually broken on vein 2, shows no sign of a break.