Show Everyone Your Mutant Observations: Organisms exhibiting albinism, leucism, leaf variegation, etc

I have seen a few observations so far with wild organisms that exhibit rare mutations such as albinism or leaf variegation.

Quite recently I stumbled upon an observation of what I believe to be a variegated Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).

If you search on google to see other photos of such a thing, nothing comes up. The species in question may have never been discovered or photographed with a mutation like that before. I find that fascinating and also really cool. I wish there was a way to look for mutant observations for every species, but I imagine they just get lost / buried in a sea of other regular organism observations.

I find mutants so interesting! Has anyone else got any cool mutant organism observations to share? I’d love to see them. :D

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Sometimes difficult to rule disease/poisoning out…

FWIW there are already projects for these kinds of mutations, eg


When I went to Florida recently, I saw an owl in a tree. iNat said barred owl, but I wasn’t sure why it looked different from the photos. Brenna explained it was melanistic!


Another one is Variegated Wild Plants · iNaturalist. My variegated Piper umbellatum observation is in that one.


This is from my daughter, in Vinoy Park, Florida. (She works for the park system)
This is an albino skunk, named Smelly Mae!

It is not a posted observation, it’s not my photo, and yes, she has an iNat account!


I once found a Gray Hairstreak (butterfly) that lacked any of its normal color (without being worn), posted here:


I just noted a Passer domesticus, House Sparrow, that has two white flight feathers, one on the wing and one on the tail. It basically tags this individual with a unique recognizable feather pattern. I am unsure whether to think of this as a somatic-crossing-over event or some stage in the so-called progressive greying phenomenon which has been pictured elsewhere for House Sparrows. Is this Leucism? Or it something more interesting? Mar 30, 2024 Oct 1 2023

Joe Kunkel

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