Ahh, Murlough, Sunday, 14 August, 2011.

Ahh, a Common Blue.

A perfectly normal male Common Blue.

At first glance that is.

14JUL11 Common Blue aberration

But hang on a mo!

14AUG11 Common Blue aberration

All the orange spots on his wings are missing!

14AUG11 Common Blue aberration

Compare this with a normal male Common Blue (the one on the left). I would say his black spots are reduced in size also.

26.7.10 Common Blues, mating

I tried to find the scientific term in the Cockayne collection but either it’s not there or I missed it.

Any ideas anyone?