NABOKV-L post 0022798, Sat, 5 May 2012 12:08:59 -0700

Re: 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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