Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0019753, Sun, 4 Apr 2010 13:10:29 -0700

Re: THOUGHTS: Poor old man Swift & Cicadas
Empty cicada hulls are common all yearlong. They are quite durable and may remain intact for a long time depending on the weather. Don Johnson
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From: R S Gwynn
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] THOUGHTS: Poor old man Swift

In a message dated 3/31/2010 2:57:05 PM Central Daylight Time, jerryfriedman1@GMAIL.COM writes:

I'd always thought that the squat and frog-eyed emerald case (line 238) had been a cicada's but the empty hulk was found in cold March, on the day Hazel died. This suggested to me that this insect had recently emerged from it: is it possible?


I doubt it. The "case" would have lasted from the previous year, which I think is possible.

I've seen these cases on trees pretty much year round. As I recall, junebugs also left similar cases on tree bark. Search the archive Contact the Editors Visit "Nabokov Online Journal"
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