no, his only degree was from english university, his expertise came from interest and hands-on study, autodidact, onbe could say, he also never had a degree in creative writing etc, genius is born

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From: Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@ATT.NET>
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Dear List,

Did VVN ever earn a degree in ledpidopterology? I suspect not. Interesting that Harvard was willing to hire him... Wouldn't happen today.


From: Jansy Mello <jansy.nabokv-L@AETERN.US>
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:03 AM
Subject: [NABOKV-L] Nabokov butterflies of America: addendum to "Dr. Mertvago...Lumbago"

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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