Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024906, Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:03:01 -0200

Nabokov butterflies of America: addendum to "Dr.


(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Echinargus Nabokov, 1945

Psyche 52(1/2): 27-28. Type-species: Lycaena isola Reakirt, [1867], Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 18(3): 332, no. 28, by original designation. K. Johnson and Bálint (1995), Reps. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Wisc. (Stevens Point) (54): 1-15, placed this genus in the Polyommatus section.

Echinargus isola (Reakirt, [1867])

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 18(3): 332, no. 28.

Original Combination: Lycaena isola

Type Locality: "Mexico (near Vera Cruz)" [Veracruz]

Types: Syntype said to be in FMNH, but possibly lost.

= nyagora (Boisduval, 1870)

Consid. Lépid. Guat.: 17.

Original Combination: Lycaena Nyagora

Type Locality: "Mexique...Honduras"; lectotype from "Mex." [Mexico]

Types: Lectotype (#265591) in BMNH, designated by Bálint (1999), Neue Entomol. Nachr. 46: 8.

= alce (W. H. Edwards, 1871)

Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 3(3/4): 266, 272-273, no. 11.

Original Combination: Lycaena Alce

Type Locality: "Colorado"; defined as "Turkey Creek, Jefferson Co. and Georgetown, Clear Creek Co." by F. Brown (1934), J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 42(2): 162; subsequently defined as "vicinity of Turkey Creek Junction on the old stage road between Denver and the mining fields of northern South Park" by F. Brown (1970), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 96(3): 363; neotype from "Larkspur, Douglas Co., Colorado."

Types: Neotype in CMNH, designated by F. Brown (1970), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 96(3): 365, fig. 5 ? D&V.

Lamas (2004g), Atl. Neotrop. Lepid. Chcklst. Part 4A: 139, treated this taxon as a synonym of E. isola.


Excerpts from A Guide to Nabokov?s Butterflies and Moths
by Dieter E. Zimmer
Hamburg (Germany) 1996

Except as otherwise noted, all butterfly illustrations are by William H. Howe, who generously allowed them to be reproduced here.

Nabokov?s non-fictional writings on butterflies

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