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Butterflies and Moths in Nabokov's Published Writings

By Work and Page

Part 1: 1919-1955

This index does not include the butterflies and moths in Nabokov's strictly technical papers. The arrows [»] are hyperlinks to the corresponding entry in the alphabetical sections or to the biographical page. All stories are in Part 3, under »STORIES (1995).

"Dvoe" / "The Two" (poem, 1919)


This is "a 430-line riposte to Blok's most celebrated poem, 'The Twelve,'" unpublished, thanks to Brian Boyd who also translated the excerpts. "The poem is about Andrey Narsavin, a chemist and zoologist, and his young wife Irina."

Stanza 2         and having defended a big dissertation on mimicry

Stanza 9         the light whitens the green shade, softly illuminating the diverse collection of Lepidoptera under glass; and, bent in the circle of light, Andrey rustles with his pencil. That's the Latin description of a furry Lepidopteron he found near Pontresina, on a young aspen leaflet, in the year 'thirteen, in spring [»Callimorpha dominula]

Stanza 10       I envy you, scientist: joyfully with your creative mind guessing the laws of worlds by a vein on a transparent wing. Joyful to discover the ways and structure of the smallest of creatures and to perceive their eternal meaning through comparisons. And he is inexpressibly happy who can indivisibly unite the clarity of a sage and the reverence of a priest, in whom the consciousness of artificial beauty does not stifle the thirst for truth, the knowledge of cold, pure simplicity

Stanza 11       So, slowly, in soundless labor flows the blessed spell. Time to stop ... The little lepidopteron now bears a scientific name, and that little pagan mark with which an astronomer notes the star Venus ... Time – but he has to reread, to check for inaccuracies

Stanza 18       a shadow stretched across the room. Only the ruby gleam of the fireplace reddened palely in the dark, like a dahlia, flew up, like the ghost of a little lepidopteron, and lit up now a light lock [of hair], now the marble of a statue between the windows, now the edge of the stucco ceiling

Stanza 25       [Irina, to Andrey, as they lie dying in the snow, after fleeing from the incursion of the twelve]: perhaps your most variegated little lepidopteron has been pinned to a peaked cap


Gorniy put' (1923)


#73                 I watched in wonder the day-flying moths of the steppe [»Zygaena carniolica]

#100               Babochka [»Nymphalis antiopa]


Mary (1926/1970)


60                   her black bow looking in flight like a huge Camberwell Beauty [»Nymphalis antiopa]

91                   their letters managed to pass across the terrible Russia of that time – like a »cabbage white butterfly flying over the trenches


King, Queen, Knave (1928/1968)


44                   Out of nowhere came a Red Admirable butterfly [»Vanessa atalanta]

233                 "Butterflies", said Dreyer … "Who wants to catch butterflies?" remarked Martha. "Oh, it must be good sport", said Dreyer. "In fact, I think to have a passion for something is the greatest happiness on earth."

254                 Sometimes the man carried a butterfly net

260                 A white butterfly went by, battling the breeze [»Pierid]


The Defense (1930/1964)


66                   a fat-bodied, fluffy »moth with glowing eyes

96, passim     the Italian Turati who was the most awesome of the future participants in  the tournament [»Driopa mnemosyne pyrenaica]


The Eye (1930/1965)


53–4              a common species of butterfly [»Heodes virgaureae]


Camera obscura (1932/1936)


78                   »white butterflies were fluttering to and fro

198                 »Moths fluttered round the lamps


Laughter in the Dark (1932/1938/1960)


83                   »white butterflies were already fluttering about

116                 A clumsy »moth flapped round a rose-shaded lamp

146                 flowers and an eyed »moth

160                 her hockey stick walked away like a looping caterpillar [»Geometridae]

201                 the steel cells of the radiator were crammed with dead bees, and dragon-flies, and »meadow-browns [»Maniola jurtina]

206                 A white »moth fluttered round the lamp


Glory (1931/1971)


9                     A zebra-striped swallowtail glided past, its tail extended and joined [»Iphiclides podalirius]

21                   one large »moth circled around a gas lantern

48                   blue butterflies fluttered up from damp spots on the road [»Blue]

86                   the entirely black butterfly that fluttered by with enviable casualness like a quiet little devil [»Minois dryas]

158                 one ample dark moth with hoary margins [»Saturnia pyri]

161                 lost in a marvelous world, completely indifferent toward him, in which butterflies danced


Despair (1934/1937/1965)


38                   small butterflies settling on thyme [»Pseudophilotes baton]

135                 a »moth-eaten astrakhan collar


Invitation to a Beheading (1935/1959)


119                 [The spider] was most eager … to take a fly, or a »moth from the large fingers of Rodion

119                 there hung a butterfly's orphaned hind wing, cherry-red, with a silky shading, and with blue lozenges along its crenelated edge [»Nymphalis polychloros or »Aglais urticae]

169                 a small downy »moth with marbled forewings

203–4            moth [»Saturnia pyri]


The Gift (1937/1952)


24                   last year's »Vanessas

24                   those utterly battered Brimstones [»Gonepteryx rhamni]

24                   the softest geometrid moth in the world [»Biston betularius]

60                   male gypsy moths dashed about in wild zigzags [»Lymantria dispar]

78                   A huge butterfly, flat in flight, bluish-black with a white band … settled on the damp earth, closed its wings and with that disappeared … four black-and-white wings with brick-colored undersides … [»Apatura iris]

80                   a butterfly on a pin with only three wings and no abdomen

95                   funny rhymes about butterflies and »moths

95                   Your blue stripe, Catocalid, shows from under its gray lid [»Catocala fraxini]

95                   A dead leaf is not hoarier than a newborn arborea … a plump reddish-gray Epicnaptera moth, with sinuate margins, of the leaf-mimicking kind … this new moth had just been described from St. Petersburg specimens by a fellow scientist … [»Phyllodesma japonica arborea]

97                   Grigoriy Efimovich [»Grum-Grzhimaylo]

97                   Grand Duke [»Romanoff]

97                   »Avinov

97                   »Verity

97                   Benhaas? Banhaas? [»Bang-Haas]

98                   Apollo-ideal … Niobe-grief … the russet wing and mother-of-pearl of a Niobe fritillary … the small black Apollo [»Parnassius, »Fabriciana niobe]

102                 on the leather sofa in the little blue corner room where I later kept my collection of butterflies

102                 »Fischer von Waldheim

102                 Menetriés [»Ménétriès]

102                 »Eversmann

102                 »Kholodkovski

102                 Charles Oberthur [»Oberthür]

102                 Grand Duke Nikolai Mihailovich [»Romanoff]

102                 »Leech

102                 »Seitz

103                 »Austautia simonoides n.sp., a geometrid Moth mimicking a Small Parnassius [»Parnassius phoebus]

103                 »Staudinger

106                 glassed drawers, full of crucified butterflies … the spell of butterflies …

106                 talked of butterflies not as of something really existing

106                 when I fell under the spell of butterflies

107                 the first yellow butterfly [»Gonepteryx rhamni]

107                 there occurred on the trunks, its feeble transparent wings pressed flat against the papery bark, our favorite rarity, a specialty of the province [»Biston betularius]

108                 un papillon de toute beauté: il était bleu, vert, pourpre, doré

108                 another impossibly gaudy petit-maître butterfly

108                 »Fabre

108                 a »cabbage butterfly crushed out of all recognition

109                 where he had caught his first peacock butterfly [»Inachis io]

109                 to watch the aspen Hawk Moth swing over the water [»Laothoe amurensis]

109                 the black »Ringlet butterflies in our park

109                 a multitude of large, banded »moths

109                 the golden chrysalids of my »tortoiseshells

110                 to take apart an ant-hill and find the caterpillar of a »Blue which had concluded a barbaric pact with its inhabitants [»Maculinea arion]

110                 the strong caterpillar of one exotic species of Blue will not stoop to this exchange [»blue: Liphyra brassolis]

110                 the odors of butterflies – musk and vanilla … the voices of butterflies

110                 the monstrous caterpillar of a Malayan »Hawk Moth

110                 the mouse-like squeak of our Death's Head moth [»Acherontia atropos]

110                 the small resonant tympanum of certain »tiger moths

110                 the cunning butterfly in the Brazilian forest which imitates the whir of a local bird [»Aellopos titan]

110                 apes feeding on butterflies

110                 the enormous »moth which in a state of repose assumes the image of a snake looking at you [»Attacus atlas]

110–1             a tropical geometrid colored in perfect imitation of a species of butterfly infinitely removed from it in nature's system [»Papilio laglaizei]

111                 that famous African swallowtail [»Papilio dardanus]

111                 myriads of white pierids [»Pieridae]

111                 our thistle butterfly [»Vanessa cardui]

111                 »Tutt

112                 the corneal formation appearing beneath the abdomen in the impregnated females of Parnassians [»Parnassius]

112                 the exceptionally rare dark-cinder gray »orpheus Godunov

112                 Atlas moth [»Attacus atlas]

114                 butterflies (the closest of all to him, I daresay)

115                 to catch and kill a butterfly without mangling it

115                 small butterflies, "tiddlers"

117                 some royal relative of our Apollos [»Parnassius imperator]

118                 the white, richly ocellated butterfly

118                 catching »moths

119                 noctuid after noctuid [»Noctuidae]

119                 some new »pierid [»Pieridae]

121                 Grigoriy Efimovich »Grum-Grzhimaylo

121                 Potanin's subspecies of Butler's pierid [»Baltia butleri potanini]

122                 Elwes' Swallowtail [»Papilio elwesi]

123                 Imperatorial Apollo [»Parnassius imperator, »Parnassius]

123                 Chinese rhubarb, whose roots bears an extraordinary resemblance to a caterpillar… the caterpillar of an unknown moth, which represented … a copy of that root [»Hepialus armoricanus]

124                 a remarkable semi-aquatic »moth with a rudimentary system of veins

124                 Roborovski's White [»Pieris deota]

129                 the satyrid recently described by »Kuznetsov [»Pseudochazara euxina]

129                 a fat, bald, extraordinarily jovial German professor [»Seitz]

133                 merry-looking Selene Fritillaries [»Clossiana selene]

133                 rather bedraggled but still powerful »Swallowtail

133                 A few Black-veined Whites flew about lazily [»Aporia crataegi]

133                 chocolate Aphantopus Ringlets [»Aphantopus hyperantus]

133                 pale »micros rose from it

133                 A blue-and-red Burnet moth [»Zygaena osterodensis]

133                 a female »cabbage butterfly

133                 Two violet-tinged »Coppers

133                 An Amandus Blue in passing annoyed a bee [»Polyommatus icarius]

133                 A dusky Freya Fritillary [»Clossiana freija]

133                 A small hummingbird moth with a bumblebee's body and glasslike wings [»hummingbird moth, »Hemaris tityus, »Hemaris fuciformis]

137                 a whitish »moth

137                 the pink »hawks sampling our lilacs

193                 "Do you want me to tell you why moths fly toward the light? No one  knows that."

332                 an »Angle Wing butterfly

334                 A golden, stumpy little butterfly, equipped with two black commas  [»*Hesperia comma]

335                 especially when he glimpsed familiar butterflies

335                 a lone »nymph

354                 Thecla bieti [»Esakiozephyrus bieti]


"DAR II" (1939?) -- Addendum to Dar/The Gift, published in Nabokov's Butterflies (2000), translated by Dmitri Nabokov, ed. Brian Boyd & Robert Michael Pyle


199 (FB)         a "Death's Head" moth [»Acherontia atropos]

200 (FB)         »Hofmann

201 (FB)         Gross-Schmetterlinge Europas [»Hofmann]

201 (FB)         some frankly primitive »Lampert

201 (FB)         that other one who was so poetically and ridiculously translated by »Kholodkovski

201 (FB)         »Hofmann's or »Berge's famous atlases

201 (FB)         the »Parnassius or »Plusia genus

201 (FB)         an Apollo [»Parnassius]

202 (FB)         various British Butterflies and Moths

202 (FB)         Petersburg, Kazan, Sarepta [Eduard Aleksandrovich »Eversmann, Hugo Fyodorovich »Christoph]

203 (FB)         the »Oberthür books

203 (FB)         Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich [»Romanoff]

204 (FB)         »Hesperidae

204 (FB)         the Triphysa zemphyra Godun. and the phryne Pall. [»Triphysa phryne]

205 (FB)         »Hübner

205 (FB)         »Culot

205 (FB)         a freshly emerged sphingid [»Sphingidae, »hawk moth]

206 (FB)         »Spuler or »Rebel, who had haphazardly retouched »Hofmann

206 (FB)         the very first (still bearable) issues of »Seitz's Palearctica

206 (FB)         some Red Admirable or Mourning Cloak [»Vanessa atalanta, »Nymphalis antiopa]

206 (FB)         how I remember the »Eversmann's Apollo napping on a flower! [»Parnassius eversmanni]

206 (FB)         the splendid blue cast of the black "Cavalier" [»Swallowtail]

206 (FB)         the orange wingtips, almost in keeping with fashion, of the African »pierids

206 (FB)         the neat and graceful pirata [»Microzegris pyrothoe]

206 (FB)         the fiery silk of Romanoff's olga [»Colias caucasica]

207 (FB)         the dusky mosaic of the »Brenthis from the Gulf of Khaipudirsk

207 (FB)         »Volga Blues

207 (FB)         »Seitz's artificial tatterdemalions

207 (FB)         the priceless, utterly frayed and faded, single specimen of »"Godunov's Erebia"

207 (FB)         Father quotes from a letter sent to him by »Moltrecht

207 (FB)         the Sooty Swallowtail (Avinov's lucifer) [»Iphiclides podalirius]

207 (FB)         a Paphia with a continuous pearlescent smear [»Argynnis paphia]

207 (FB)         Orlov's strain of Limenitis [»Limenitis populi]

207 (FB)         the lacework of Suvarov's Melanargia [»Melanargia russiae]

207 (FB)         Charles »Oberthür

207 (FB)         wrote »Rowland-Brown in The Entomologist

207 (FB)         the wings of the iridescent »Apaturas

207 (FB)         certain black satyrids [»Satyrinae]

207 (FB)         the already mentioned delicate Steppe Aurora [»Microzegris pyrothoe]

208 (FB)         »Chapman

208 (FB)         the Terzit caterpillar [»Polyommatus thersites]

208 (FB)         "Icarus" [»Polyommatus icarus]

208 (FB)         Escher's Blue [»Polyommatus escheri]

209 (FB)         the genus »Syrichtus

209 (FB)         that German muddler who recklessly let loose with names [Otto »Staudinger]

210 (FB)         the genus »Lycaena

210 (FB)         Meleager's Blue [»Polyommatus daphnis]

210 (FB)         a few other engrossed Blues and a handful of golden adonis [»Polyommatus bellargus]

211 (FB)         Black-veined Whites [»Aporia crataegi]

211 (FB)         my Meleager [»Polyommatus daphnis]

211 (FB)         »Lycaena

211 (FB)         the salt-marsh »Plusia rosanovi

211 (FB)         a new species of »Acidalia

211 (FB)         a stunning blue-black »Arctia

212 (FB)         a »Tephroclystia

212 (FB)         "Once in Uganda where I was collecting for »Rothschild"

212 (FB)         "Und war es schön in Moulinet, Hans …?" [Hans »Fruhstorfer]

212 (FB)         "Moi, qui a chassé le »Callimuchus dobrugensis avec le roi de Bulgarie …" [Prince Aristide »Caradja]

212 (FB)         "Come, come, von »Nolte…"

212 (FB)         "… il existe entre celle de la rave et celle de Mann une espèce méditerranéenne …" [»Pieris pseudorapae, Roger »Verity]

212 (FB)         "Here, Walsingham" [Lord »Walsingham]

212 (FB)         "Now, Professor …" [Mariano de la Paz »Graëlls]

212 (FB)         "… the first isabella (sitting on a stump, green with russet eyespots)" [»Graëllsia isabellae]

218 (FB)         a solid-black hospiton [»Papilio hospiton]

218 (FB)         a pathological specimen of avis [»Callophrys avis]

219 (FB)         one afflicted by idiocy will never create a Galatea [»Melanargia galathea]

220 (FB)         the Stagirite, although he could distinguish between a "cabbage butterfly" and a moth that flew flamewards [»Cabbage White]

220 (FB)         the chrysalis of the Plum Thecla was already made up to resemble bird droppings [»Satyrium pruni]

222 (FB)         the caterpillar of the quite local Siberian Owlet moth (»Pseudodemas tschumarae)

225 (FB)         the leaf could turn into a »Kallima

227 (FB)         an inchworm moth [»Geometridae]

230 (FB)         numerous species (»Erebia, »Lycaena, etc.)

230 (FB)         the genus »Libythea

230 (FB)         such genera as »Melitea or »Syrichtus

231 (FB)         the Asiatic genus »Eurythemia

232 (FB)         the comparatively young genus »Pyrameis with its central species indica


The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1938/1941)


8                      a lamp with a pale »moth whirling around it

37                    an impossible butterfly on its cover

41                    dying out to join side whiskers and the Large Copper [»Thersamolycaena  dispar]

95                   narrowing in its creeping grasp the bag of the net where the butterflies were flapping

137                 a Camberwell Beauty skims past [»Nymphalis antiopa]

173                 sluggish fancies which crawl and then unfurl eyed wings

186                 moved like a procession of caterpillars [»Thaumetopoea]


The Enchanter (1939/1986)


79                   "… sit for a while on the moss among the mushrooms and the butterflies …"


Gogol (1944)


152                 It is like a rare »moth that departs from a moth-like appearance to mimic … some popular butterfly


Bend Sinister (1947)


134                 clinging with all its six fluffy feet to the ball of your thumb, the tip of its mouse-grey body slightly excurved, its short, red, blue-ocellated inferior wings oddly protruding … [»Smerinthus ocellatus]

156                 Same Painted Ladies fanning their wings on the same thistle­heads [»Vanessa cardui]

181                 A beautiful plate … showed an ocellated »hawk moth and its shagreen caterpillar [»Smerinthus ocellatus]

227                 a »morpho-blue sky

240–1             a big moth was clinging with furry feet to the netting … marbled wings … its eyes glowed … streamlined brown­ish-pink body and a twinned spot of colour … A good night for mothing [»Smerinthus ocellatus]


Speak, Memory (1951/1967)


12                   a »Hawk Moth rarely met with so far west

12                   my father had netted a Peacock butterfly [»Inachis io]

17                   [drawing of »Driopa mnemosyne]

22                   the spatial world, which not only man but apes and butterflies can perceive

41                   ("path of the Sphingids") because of the »Hawk Moths visiting at dusk the fluffy lilacs

41                   my butterfly net propped against the enclosure

44                   a tiny looper caterpillar would be there, too [»Geometridae]

52                   Vasiliy Mihaylovich »Golovnin

52                   from where a butterfly, »Parnassius phoebus golovinus rating a big sic) has been described by Dr. »Holland

62                   freshly emerged »Orange-tips settled on the shivering dandelions

75                   my green butterfly net

75                   my father would piously pause to recall the rare butterfly … its four cherry-red wings with a pavonian eyespot on each [»Inachis io]

80                   several spiny caterpillars were feeding on nettle leaves

87                   a nephew of hers at my age (four) used to breed caterpillars

92                   the drawing of butterfly genitalia during my seven years at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

106                 a Comma butterfly settled on the threshold [»Polygonia c-album]

111                 the first Brimstone flies over the Palace Arch [»Gonepteryx rhamni]

120                 my first thought was for the butterflies [the sun] would engender

120                 a rare visitor, a splendid, pale-yellow creature with black blotches, blue crenels, and a cinnebar eyespot above each chrome-rimmed black tail… my »Swallowtail

121                 I found a spectacular »moth

121                 mounting a freshly emerged Emperor moth [»Saturnia pavonia]

122                 Maria Sibylla »Merian

122                 »Esperr

122                 »Boisduval

122                 »Newman

122                 »Hofmann

122                 Grand Duke Nikolay Mihailovich [»Romanoff]

122                 »Scudder

122                 Richard »South

122                 the »Swallowtail of June, 1906

122                 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries [»Clossiana selene]

123                 »Hofmann

123                 »Seitz

123                 Dr.»Staudinger

124                 Staudingerian [»Staudinger]

124                 imitation of oozing poison by bubblelike macules on the wing [»Cerura vinula, »Brassolini, »Portschinsky]

124                 an acrobatic caterpillar (of the Lobster Moth) … a writh­ing larva and … a big ant seemingly harrowing it [»Stauropus fagi]

125                 a certain moth resembles a certain wasp [»clearwing moth]

125                 When a butterfly has to look like a leaf, … markings mimicking grub-bored holes are thrown in [»anglewing]

126                 In Jackson Hole and in the Grand Canyon, on the mountain slopes above Telluride, Colo., and on a celebrated pine barren near Albany, N.Y., dwell … the butterflies I have described as new [Jackson Hole: »Plebejus idas longinus; Grand Canyon: »Cyllopsis pertepida dorothea; Telluride: »Plebejus idas sublivens; Albany: »Plebejus samuelis]

126                 Nabokov's Pug [»Eupithecia nabokovi]

126                 Nova Zemblan river a century and a half ago … [»Golovnin]

127                 Large White [»Cabbage White, »Pieris brassicae]

127                 »Staudinger

127                 an aberration resembling the Canarian race of the species [»Pieris cheiranthi]

128                 a banal »Urania moth

128                 some common »Tortoiseshell butterflies

128                 Small White [»Pieris rapae]

128                 Bunin's impeccable evocation of what is certainly a »Tortoiseshell

129                 Le phalène doré Orange moth [»Angerona prunaria]

129                 du grand Sylvain [»Limenitis populi]

130                 do not chase butterflies, child

131                 the queerer he looks with a butterfly net in his hand

131                 Very fresh, very dark Arran Browns [»Erebia ligea]

132                 a diminutive Ringlet called Hero [»Coenonympha hero]

132                 that rust-colored Oak Eggar [»Lasiocampa quercus]

132                 part of a Large Emerald [»Geometra papilionaria]

132                 The tremendous larva of the Goat Moth [»Cossus cossus]

132                 a dark aberration of Sievers' Carmelite [»Odontosia sieversii]

132                 a bright yellow Silvius Skipper [»Carterocephalus silvicolus]

132                 two male Coppers [»Lycaena phlaeas]

132                 an uncommon »Hairstreak … the white W on its chocolate-brown underside

133                 great blue-black nymphalids striped with pure white [»Apatura iris]

133                 Poplar Admirable … Bucovinian subspecies [»Limenitis populi var. bucovinensis]

133                 »Hofmann

133                 »Kuznetsov

133                 »Limenitis populi rossica

133                 bucovinensis »Hormuzaki [»Limenitis populi var. bucovinensis]

133                 Poplar Nymph [»Limenitis populi]

133–4             a "new" moth … I took a beautiful Plusia (now Phytometra) [»Autographa bractea]

134                 Plusia excelsa Kretschmar… [»Autographa excelsa] I got even with the first discoverer of my moth… [»Kretschmar]

134                 Richard »South

134                 the »Hawk Moths, the jets of my boyhood!

134                 the vibrational halo around the streamlined body of an olive and pink »Hummingbird moth poised in the air above the corolla into which it had dipped its long tongue [also »Deilephila elpenor]

135                 »Catocala adultera

136                 fields, with a continuous shimmer of butterfly wings over a shimmer of flowers

136                 Pugs [»Eupithecia]

136                 Eupithecia petropolinata [»Eupithecia nabokovi]

137                 on my butterfly hunts I always preferred hiking

137                 to drop in, as it were, on a familiar butterfly in his particular habitat

138                 a dense crowd of small, bright blue male butterflies [»Lycaenidae]

138                 a dusky little Fritillary bearing the name of a Norse goddess [»Clossiana freija]

138                 Pretty Cordigera, a gemlike moth [»Anarta cordigera]

138                 rose-margined Sulphurs [»Colias interior]

138                 gray-marbled Satyrs [»Satyrinae]

147                 rich-hued Oak Eggars [»Lasiocampa quercus]

147                 the Speckled Woods haunted not woods, but hedges [»Pararge aegeria]

147                 Cleopatra, a tropical-looking, lemon-and-orange Brimstone [»Gonepteryx cleopatra]

147                 a stray Clouded Yellow [»Colias crocea]

148                 that "butterfly" in the Basque language is misericoleta

151                 while I stuffed a folding butterfly net into a brown-paper bag

156                  two freshly emerged specimens of the Amur Hawk Moth [»Laothoe amurensis]

176                 "Did V. get any 'Egerias' this summer?" [»Pararge aegeria]

176                 "all I see in the prison yard are Brimstones [»Gonepteryx rhamni] and »Cabbage Whites"

196                 after four or five hours of butterfly hunting

196                 the discreet, pleasantly cool, rhythmically undulating caress of a caterpillar

196                 he knew their uniforms as well as I did different butterflies

205                 Marat had been an ardent lepidopterist

205                 Gruber's famous butterfly shop [»Fruhstorfer]

205                 Chapman's new Hairstreak [»Callophrys avis]

205                 Mann's recently rediscovered White [»Pieris mannii]

208                 Butterfly hunting and various sports took care of the sunny hours

210                 collecting some so-called Parnassians [»Driopa mnemosyne]

212                 Nibble, nibble, nibble – went a handsome striped caterpillar, not figured in »Spuler

218                 the flash of a Queen of Spain settling on the road [»Issoria lathonia]

222                 the stick of my butterfly net, in metronomic motion, drawing arc after arc

225                 the ovipositor of an ichneumon fly straddling a cabbage caterpillar

231                 Velvet-black Camberwell Beauties with creamy borders [»Nymphalis antiopa]

239                 a Camberwell Beauty [»Nymphalis antiopa]

247                 the Euxine race of the Hippolyte Grayling [»Pseudochazara euxina]

251                 like bewildered butterflies set loose in an alien zone

253                 I searched in vain for Gruner's Orange-tip [»Anthocharis gruneri], Heldreich's Sulphur [»Colias aurorina heldreichi], Krueper's White [»Pieris krueperi]

257                 Red Indians, Red Admirables [»Vanessa atalanta]

274                 Plebejus (Lysandra) cormion … Plebejus (Lysandra) coridon Poda … Plebejus (Meleageria) daphnis Schiffermüller [»Lysandra cormion, »Polyommatus coridon]

278                 La Bruyère's gentleman who sheds tears over a parasitized caterpillar, Gay's "philosophers more grave than wise" who, if you please, "hunt science down in butterflies", and … Pope's "curious Germans", who "hold so rare" those "insects fair"

281                 in the spring of 1929, you and I went butterfly hunting in the Pyrenees

303                 Only the squirrels and certain caterpillars kept their coats on

305                 You have often accused me of unnecessary callousness in my matter-of-fact entomological investigations

305                 a live butterfly [tied] to a thread … Red Admirable (Admiral, in vulgar parlance) [»Vanessa atalanta]


Lolita (1955 – Annotated edition, 1991)


12                   »Vanessa van Ness

16                   nymphic … nymphet [»nymph]

31                   Percy »Elphinstone

46                   »Pisky

56                   Miss »Phalen

110                 some gaudy »moth or butterfly

112                 Lepingville ['leping' is a slangy insiders' expression for butterfly collecting]

126                 hundreds of powdered bugs wheeling around the lamps in the soggy black night [»miller]

141                 Lepingville

156                 yucca blossoms, so pure, so waxy, but lousy with creeping white flies [»Tegeticula yuccasella]

157                 hundreds of gray hummingbirds in the dusk [»humming­bird moth]

189                 Avis Chapman [»Callophrys avis]

209                 »Edusa Gold

222                 »Elphinstone

227                 our own Dream Blue »Melmoth

231                 »Electra Gold

234                 butterfly

241                 millions of so-called "»millers"

258                 under the sign of the »Tigermoth

259                 like a Goddamn »mulberry moth

262                 Inchkeith Ave.

301                 Schmetterling (German for 'butterfly')

316                 on which I caught the first known female of Lycaeides sublivens [»Plebejus idas sublivens]

326                 "Genus »Lycaeides Scudder: The Orange-Margined Blues"

327                 he confuses the »Hawk Moths visiting flowers with 'gray hummingbirds'

381                 powdered bugs … noctuids … »'millers' [»Noctuidae]

416–417        »Melmoth … Mellonella Moth … Meal Moth

448–449        Schmetterling (German for 'butterfly')

455                 Lycaeides sublivens Nabokov [»Plebejus idas sublivens]


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