Dingy 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

Dingy Skipper - aberration - Nr Stockbridge Down - 21-May-10 (1)

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Dingy Skipper - imago - Greenham Common - 18-May-13-11

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Dingy Skipper - imago - Greenham Common - 18-May-13-12

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Dingy Skipper - imago - Greenham Common - 18-May-13-13

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Dingy Skipper - imago - Greenham Common - 18-May-13-15

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Dingy Skipper - male ab. - Greenham Common - 09-Aug-14

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ab. albalinea (Frohawk.Vars.Brit.Butts.1938.p.192.pl.47.f.5.)

On the upperside of the forewings there is a row of whitish submedian spots from the costa, a little before the apex, down to the inner margin. Hindwings normal.

ab. alcoides (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Drab ground colour with ill-developed transverse markings.

ab. approximata (Lowe in Wheeler.Butts.Switz.1903.p.8.)

So called because approaching the Greek var. unicolor. The description is very indefinite. Presumably it is almost unicolorous brownish-black with the markings less developed than normal. In unicolor they are absent.

ab. brunnea-alcoides (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Warm fuliginous brown, with ill-developed transverse markings.

ab. brunnea-transversa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Warm fuliginous brown, with well-developed transverse markings.

ab. brunnea-unicolor (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Warm fuliginous brown, with the transverse markings obsolete.

ab. brunnea-variegata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Warm fuliginous brown, with strongly grey median area.

ab. clarus (Caradja.Iris.1895.8.p.61.)

A light grey specimen, similar to other light coloured examples from Amasia. Caradja does not say more than this.

ab. coelestina (Stauder.Int.Ent.Z.1915.8.p.183.)

Upperside of the forewings bluish-grey, somewhat irridescent, also the fringes. Hindwings of a uniform dark brown, the fringes violet-grey. The white marginal spots on the fringes are absent on all wings. On the underside the apex of the forewings is of a beautiful violet and there is a light row of spots in front of the fringes and a second row 3mm from the outer ones.

ab. fulva (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.266.)

The ground colour pale raw umber-brown with a well pronounced series of white spots. The forewings have a whitish median area and well-developed dark raw umber-brown fasciae.

ab. isabellae (Lambillion.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1902.p.15.)

The chief character is the violaceous reflection, which is truly remarkable. Velvety brownish-black, very strong, with the greyish band very broad, paler and more sharply defined. Hindwings blacker than in the type form with the white marginal dots more visible and better formed.

ab. minima (Lambillion.Cat.Lep.Belg.Add.1906.p.432.)

Only half the size of normal specimens.

ab. poliodes (Cabeau.Rev.Mens.Soc.Ent.Nam.1920.20.p.19.)

Upperside of the forewings pale brownish, the pattern feebly marked, the fringe whitish. Hindwings almost entirely whitish, the fringe white with no clear dots.

ab. posticeprivata (Stauder.Mitt.Munch.Ent.Ges.1924.14.p.66.)

On the hindwings all the light marginal spots are absent.

ab. pseudobrunnea (Taccani.Boll.Soc.Ent.It.1949.79.p.4.)

Warm fuliginous brown, with (presumably) typical markings. Taccani says of pseudobrunnea that it has the features of brunnea Tutt. Tutt however did not name ‘brunnea’ as an individual aberration, only in combination with other markings. Verity has raised brunnea Tutt to the rank of subspecies so Taccani says that specimens like it occurring in other races should be called pseudobrunnea. Since Tutt did not give a description for an ab. brunnea it is assumed that it is of the same colour as the combination forms but with typical markings.

ab. suffusa-alcoides (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Blackish fuscous, with ill-developed transverse markings.

ab. suffusa-transversa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Blackish fuscous, with well-developed transverse markings.

ab. suffusa-variegata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Blackish fuscous, with strongly grey median area.

ab. transversa (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.265.)

Drab brown, with the transverse markings well-developed.

ab. unicolor (Freyer.Neu.Beitr.1862.6.p.37.pl.505.f.1.)

All the wings of a uniform brownish-black. The underside somewhat lighter. In the figure no transverse bands are visible.

ab. variegata (Tutt.Brit.Lep.1906.8.p.65.)

Drab brown, with a strongly grey median area.