Nabokov's butterfly theories prove true
Jan 28, 2011
Though he was primarily known for his literature, it seems that Vladimir Nabokov may have been somewhat of a scientist. The author of Lolita was an expert on butterflies, and though his theories about the insects were largely ignored during his life, it appears that he was very accurate, according to The New York Times.
Nabokov was the curator of lepidoptera, an order of insects that includes butterflies, at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He was also an avid collector of insects, and published many descriptions of various species.
The author and insect expert put forward theories about butterflies, hypothesizing that one group of the bug, known as the Polyommatus blues, came to North America from Asia over a period of millions of years.
Though most other lepidopterists ignored his theories, the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London came forward on Tuesday, January 25, to tell the world that Nabokov was completely correct, according to the news source.
According to TheButterflySite.com, there are approximately 24,000 known species of butterflies. The insects can be found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.