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HOW TO USE this Web Book. The purpose of the Guide is to list and identify all butterflies and moths mentioned or alluded to, directly or obliquely, in Nabokov's writings and to supply various additional information. The main catalogue section lists all specific Lepidoptera by their current Neolatin name. Especially the generic names have been in a constant flux before and after Nabokov's time, so even experts in entomology might not always have them ready, and non-experts will be at a complete loss. This is the problem the Guide tries to overcome. If you are looking for information on a specific insect and do know its present Neolatin name, you can look it up in the alphabetical list directly. If you know by what name, Neolatin or common, it is mentioned in Nabokov, you may do likewise, and you will be led on to the appropriate entry by a hyperlink. If you know the species but not the current generic name, you may first go to the Species List first and look it up. If you are not sure of its current Neolatin name and don't know exactly what insect Nabokov had in mind, you may go to the "By Work and Page" list and use its hyperlinks. If you want to know what butterflies and moths were named by and for Nabokov, you may browse through Section 1.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

» IMPRESSUM and HISTORY

INTRODUCTION

» Why? What for?

» Nabokov, Writer and Entomologist

» Butterflies, Not Flying Symbols

» Numbers and Names (... some statistics)

» What's in a Name (Linnι's binomial nomenclature)

» Basic Subdivisions (Butterflies vs. moths)

» Clustering Animals into Taxa (Species, genus, etc.)

» A Sense of Incertainty (Why so many names keep changing)

» Overview of the Higher Taxa in this Guide (Families, subfamilies, tribes, genera)

» The Code

» The Author in the Name

» Popular Names

» On Pronunciation

» The World Divided (Fauna zones)

» Advice to Translators

» The Species Concept

» Nabokov and Mimicry

» Cases of Mimicry in Nabokov's Writings

NABOKOV ON BUTTERFLIES

» On his period as a professional lepidopterist – On the beauty of butterflies – On his laboratory work – On his way of killing a butterfly – On the pursuit of butter-flies – On how to catch moths – On the pleasures of butterfly hunting and writing – No art without facts – About butterflies in fiction – On the fate of his collections – On expertise – On mimicry – About science and art – On the protection of butterflies – About the rapture – On the wing

CATALOGUE SECTIONS

» Format

» Title Abbreviations

SECTION 1

» BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS NAMED BY AND FOR NABOKOV

» Genera, Species and Subspecies Named by Nabokov

» Butterflies and Moths Named for Nabokov

» Butterflies with "Nabokovian" Names

» Common Names

SECTION 2

LEPIDOPTERA IN NABOKOV'S PUBLISHED WRITINGS

Butterflies and Moths, in alphabetical order

» A     » B-C    » D-E     » F-K     » L     » M-O   

» Pa-Pi     » Pl     » Po-Py     » Q-S     » T–Z

Butterflies and Moths, by work and page

» Part 1: 1919-1955 ("Dvoe"  to  Lolita )

» Part 2: 1957-1974 (Pnin  to  Look at the Harlequins! )

» Part 3: 1979-1999 (including all stories )

» Part 4: 2000 (Nabokov's  Butterflies )

SECTION 3

» ENTOMOLOGISTS RELATED TO NABOKOV'S WORK ON LEPIDOPTERA 

SECTION 4

NABOKOV'S NON-FICTIONAL WRITINGS ON LEPIDOPTERA

» Summaries of Nabokov's scientific papers

» Uncollected interviews with mention of Lepidoptera

» BIBLIOGRAPHY

» SPECIES LIST

» ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

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