NABOKV-L post 0022815, Wed, 9 May 2012 14:57:25 -0700

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Re: It Happens (Red Admiral outbreak in NYC)
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on sunday i saw a red admiral just in front of me while walking with my dog. i just wanted to share this with you since  red admirals are extremely rare at carmel valley (where i was walking)
best, vladimir m.


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From: Mary H. Efremov <mbutterfly549@AOL.COM>
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Sent: Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] It Happens (Red Admiral outbreak in NYC)

we are having a brisk outbreak in New York City today I walked along two blocks on west 100 street and counted about forty of the red admirals..some were smaller than usual, but flying and tangling madly, basking on dandlelions, and one even sat on a violet. Small wonder that Nabokov loved this frolicksome butterfly.



-----Original Message-----From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@ATT.NET>To: NABOKV-L <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>Sent: Sun, May 6, 2012 6:36 pmSubject: Re: [NABOKV-L] It Happens (Red Admiral outbreak in NYC)
Can anyone tell us more about the "Nabokov-lore, the numeral-like underwing pattern of this species and the reported occurrence of such an outbreak in Russia supposedly had some fateful parallel with the dates of the Russian revolution"? --Tori Alexander

Dear Tori Alexander,

Are you referring to the butterfly "outbreak" or the historical occurrence? If the latter, I have supposed it was the assassination of Alexander II on March 13, 1881 and the outbreaks of violence, especially pogroms against the Jews that make 1881 a fateful year. The vicous attacks that followed the assassination certainly can be seen as a bellwether of the later Russian revolutions 

C Kunin



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