The scientific legacy of Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov is known for his novels Lolita and Pale Fire, but he was also one of the most famous lepidopterists in the world, that is he studied and collected butterflies and moths. We discover how this butterfly passion influenced his literary and scientific life.

Through his research Nabokov came up with a hypothesis for the evolution of the striking Blue butterflies in South America.

When he first presented his theory in 1945, the scientific community didn’t test his research but now a research team using DNA analysis has confirmed that Nabokov’s hypothesis was correct. Listen here =>