Vladimir Nabokov, the famous Russian-American author of Lolita, was also a lepidopterist. He studied and named butterflies known as Blues. In his novel Pnin Nabokov wrote:
"A score of small butterflies, all of one kind, were settled on a damp patch of sand, their wings erect and closed, showing their pale undersides with dark dots and tiny orange-rimmed peacock spots along the hindwing margins; one of Pnin's shed rubbers disturbed some of them and revealing the celestial hue of their upper surface, they fluttered around like blue snowflakes before settling again."
This butterfly, Karner's Blue, named by Nabokov, is among several threatened with extinction. More here.
|Karner Blue||Lycaeides melissa samuelis||USA||Fire suppression in pine barrens limiting food plant, Lupine|
|Andean Blue||Pseudolucia andina||Chile||Rabbits eating its food plant, Astragalus|
|Southern Blue||Pseudolucia sibylla||Argentina-Chile borderLivestock grazing its food plant, Adesmia|