White-spotted Red Admirals

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White-spotted Red Admirals

Postby peterc » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:17 am

I have seen one or two Red Admirals lately which have a white spot on the red bands on the forewings. Is this a common aberrant?

Peter

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Re: White-spotted Red Admirals

Postby Vince Massimo » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:13 am

Hi Peter,

That particular aberration is ab. bialbata, which is the most common one encountered in this species.

Red Admiral female (ab.bialbata) - Caterham, Surrey 20-July-2011.jpg
Red Admiral (ab. bialbata) - Caterham, Surrey 20-July-2011


However, it's all relative and you can only expect to see two or three a year if you're lucky :) .

Vince

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Re: White-spotted Red Admirals

Postby peterc » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:49 pm

Thank you Vince.

Yes that's the aberration. Red Admirals more common this year around Stevenage - where usually I might see just the odd one or two on a single visit I have seen 5+.

Peter


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