Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005423, Mon, 31 Jul 2000 11:01:18 -0700

Fw: Russia to save Karner Blue?
EDITOR's NOTE. Lupine trivia. The name derives from the Latin word for
"wolf" based on the ancient (but specious) speculation that the plants
devoured the nutrients in the soil. Circa 200 species world-wide--some of
which are toxic.

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From: "Brian Boyd" <b.boyd@auckland.ac.nz>
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2000 9:34 PM
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> In addition to Don Johnson's justified comment that the Russian proposal
> save "VN"'s Karner Blue by establishing it among the abundant lupines of
> Russia overlooks the variety of lupine species and the specificity of
> butterfly feeding habits, and Kurt Johnson's warning about the
> that the exportation of the Karner Blue would be allowed by the US
> authorities, VN himself would not have favored saving one fauna at the
> possible expense of another. In his Butterflies of Europe he notes
> dispar_ Haworth's regrettable disappearance from the Norfolk and Suffolk
> and adds: "The artificial establishment of the Dutch race at Wicken in
> since when it has unfortunately thrived is to be deplored" (_Nabokov's
> Butterflies_, 605).
> Brian Boyd