NABOKV-L post 0017544, Fri, 2 Jan 2009 20:38:53 EST

Lolita: Nymphet? Or Larvalet?

No wish to bug Nabokovians, but a question in need of an answer.

Why did Nabokov, a lepidopterist, call Lolita a nymphet?
Lepidoptera do not have nymphs, they have larvae.

Only ancient insects, primitive insects if you will, such as the
Plecoptera (stoneflies) and the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) have

Should Lolita have been a larvalet instead of a nymphet?

Or was VN thinking of Lolita as a damselfly and thus a nymphet?
Please, a definitive entomological/etymological answer. Thank you,.


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