Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov's butterfly theory proved right

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Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov has been posthumously proved right over his roundly criticised evolution theory that a type of butterfly migrated from Asia to the New World over a period of millions of years.

The man known primarily for being one of the 20th Century's most famous novelists was dismissed by some as an amateur in the field of insect evolution.

But now a decade long genetic study has proved that, against the odds, Nabokov was right and showed "extraordinary biological intuition".

When not writing, the author was most likely to be found stalking butterflies with a catching net. He didn't drive so his wife Vera would chauffeur him to collecting spots.

His efforts to classify them involved spending up to six hours a day examining their genitalia under a microscope.

Nabokov even wrote his most famous novel "Lolita" while on his annual summer butterfly collecting trip to the western United States, and his hobby led to him becoming curator of lepidoptery at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard....

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