Nabokov’s wet dream

Attacus atlas, the Atlas butterfly is one of the most astonishing creatures found in the tropical forests of Asia. Named after the Greek Titan, the moths have an average wingspan of around 25 – 30 cm to count them among the largest insect in the world.
When Vladimir Nabokov was finishing Lolita, he was collecting butterflies in the mountains with his wife Vera during the daytime. The author spent his entire life studying species from all around the world. Scalpel & microscope & writing scientific paper and stuff. Vladimir as a credited academician. Follow the link to an article from The New York Times about this curious passion: “I found it and named… and I want no other fame.”

Watch the fragile yet monstrous fairies. You can order the cocoons online.


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