Vladimir Nabokov is best known for his literary masterpiece Lolita, but next to writing, his great passion was the study of moths and butterflies. Curatorial Assistant Suzanne Rab Green tells the story of the author’s first road trip across the U.S., where he drew inspiration and collected specimens along the way.

For a timeline of Nabokov’s 1941 trip, including butterflies and vintage postcards from the route, visit our episode website: http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/nabokov-s-butterflies.

For Shelf Life’s Season 2, pack your bags for adventure. Explore fantastic stories from more than a century of expeditions that helped build the Museum’s 33 million specimens and artifacts—and find out what scientists are still uncovering about them today.

For more, visit our series website: http://www.amnh.org/ShelfLife

Nabokov’s Butterflies – Shelf Life 360