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view of a Small Copper aberration, with one upper hind-wing  soft grey

Small Copper, Aberration. Photo: Ann Cryer

Ann and Gordon came across this Small Copper in a meadow near their Shaftesbury home on 2/09/18.

They told us they saw a number of Small Coppers and then noticed this one with a pale wing. It is an aberration, but not a named one as some are.


Small Coppers have had at least three broods this year so they should be on the wing for a few weeks yet for us to enjoy.

Small Skipper Aberration ,Durlston

view of a Smal;l Skipper showing white patches on upper fore-wings nectaring on knapweed

Small Skipper aberration. Photo: Brian Arnold

view of Small Skipper , aberration, white patches on upper fore-wing

Small Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian tells us:

At Durlston on Saturday 7th July we came across this very strange Small Skipper. It looked whiteish in flight – quite different from the other Skippers, and really stood out when it was settled with its brilliant white patches.

Sometimes butterflies do not show the usual markings of the species, and these are known as aberrations. Photos of known aberrations can be found on http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk

View of a Small Copper showing blue spots resting opper hind-wings, resting on a leaf

Small Copper, abb. Photo: Andy Martin

view of a Small Copper wwwwwith open wings, eresting on an non flowering plant

Small Copper. Photo: Andy Martin

Andy photographed the top Small Copper abb. butterfly at Southbourne on 24/04/18 , and the one above at Ulwell on 25/04/18.

He tells us he saw two at Southbourne , both showing the blue spots on the upper hind-wings which is he says a common aberration. At Ulwell he found nine Small Coppers in the space of an hour, and none of them had the blue spot aberration.

He has been checking both sites weekly since mid March and his first sighting of this butterfly was on 24/04/18.

All the early butterflies we expect to see, apart from those coming out of hibernation, are late this year due to the cold ,and often wet weather. For those who record butterflies it is a mixture of joy and relief when the first ones are seen, especially after a bad year for butterfly numbers generally.

Albino form Meadow Brown resting on the ground with wings closed

Meadow Brown, Albino form. Photo: Rose Ouston

Rose found this unusual Albino Meadow Brown at Badbury rings in July 2017.

Meadow Browns are one of the most common UK butterflies, flying over a long period  from early May to late October, in grassy, flowery places in a wide range of habitats, in dry or damp conditions. Caterpillar foodplants : a wide variety of grasses.



View of an Adonis Blue aberration, settled in grass, showing upper fore and under-wings, settled in grass

Adonis Blue Aberration. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold photographed this Adonis Blue aberration at Winspit on 14/09/17.

This butterfly was at first easily mistaken for a Common Blue, but further investigation showed that there are several examples of Adonis Blues showing the row of black dots on the lower hindwing. The lack of black chequering on the wings white fringes, usually seen on Adonis Blues, appeared also to be missing on the other examples. There is a suggestion of faint black cross lines on this photo and so it was agreed that they were most probably worn away.

An interesting find Harold!