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Aberrant meadow argus

Junonia villida


An attractive spotted nymphalidae butterfly. A missing eye spot on the hind wing is a very uncommon aberration


A common butterfly in parks and gardens of Australia. Common in Melbourne most years


The missing eye aberration is not so common.

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Eliza3 9 years ago

please oh please in the pinkest aura ever could you send this clue to mylie blue who only wants what is true? mylie blue hangs out in sacred geometry with you know who and guess what clue...oh what ..! Really..Humpf ..She knows her stuff do you ranger habitat ?

Eliza3 9 years ago

ok i know this is truly a stretch could we go to sacred geometry on this one cause you see mylie blue who wants; the what not to be true = Lloves a clue or humm Q..ok can i use this in my sacred geometry projetct on google+ without huff... Rangers pretty pink please :-)

MartinL 9 years ago

Thanks CSM, rubens and Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Very intriguing - great spotting Martin. I would have missed the aberration although it's quite obvious in pic #5.

rubens.luciano 9 years ago

The detail of the missing spot is very interesting martinl !

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing with me Martin. Beautiful!

MartinL 10 years ago

Daniele thanks for that fascinating link.
This paper would indicate that ocelli in cells 123 and 5 never occur in this combination. 1 and 3 are the tiny ocelli usually absent. I've seen this in one other only. image.

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks for pointing me to this butterfly martin! In this context you may want to have a look at this paper (if you haven't already seen it :-)):

ShannaB 10 years ago

Aww, I'm glad!!! (The spiders are taking over our house now that I've starting taking pics of them... I can't bring myself to 'remove' them afterwards. Same with the grasshoppers in the vegie patch, sigh.)

MartinL 10 years ago

I thought it was a worn wing and would have collected it for display. Today was her lucky day.

ShannaB 10 years ago

I would never have noticed the missing eyespot if you hadn't mentioned it! But once you know, it's quite obvious.

MartinL 10 years ago

Thanks karenL. These have been introduced to England.
I must admit to having got the buckeye confused with this one before.

KarenL 10 years ago

Very pretty, & so similar to the Common Buckeyes we see round here. Both are from the same genus but I still find it interesting hoe these species have spread around the world!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

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