Coleliades immaculata

This butterfly, colloquially known as a “blue skipper,” was first described by Geoffrey Hale Carpenter in 1935.

It was taken from along the Alanga River in Ethopia. This specimen, housed in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, was integral in helping Carpenter study how butterfly mimicry patterns evolved in response to their main predators – birds.

This specimen has a notable portion missing from its left wing – most likely damaged after it was collected, during travel.

Images and text sourced from Paul Smith et al and OUMNH Light Touch.