Monday 27 May 2013

GRIZZLED SKIPPER Pyrgus malvae aberration taras

 Penhale sands near Perranporth on Cornwall's North coast is one of the last strongholds for this species in the county. The colony here also holds a high percentage of the rare aberration " taras" and what would appear to be intermediate forms these forms have more extensive white markings on the upper forewing giving it a quite striking appearance in comparison to the nominate form. This rare and very attractive aberration only occurres at a handful of sites in Britain so we are fortunate indeed to be able to find them here in our county.

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