No wish to bug Nabokovians, but a question in need of
Why did Nabokov, a
lepidopterist, call Lolita a nymphet? Lepidoptera do not have nymphs, they
Only ancient insects,
primitive insects if you will, such as the Plecoptera (stoneflies) and the
Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) have nymphs.
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,.