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Lorelei Underwing (Catocala lorelei) from Ada, or Ardor
Lorelei Underwing (Catocala lorelei) from Ada, or Ardor
Watercolor and gouache on Arches
2016

From Dieter E. Zimmer's helpful notes on Nabokov's butterflies: Many underwings have names suggestive of the marital status of women (electa, nupta, sponsa, adultera). Lorelei is the Sirene in German folklore who sitting on a rock above the river Rhine lures fishermen to their doom, the German conspecific of la belle dame sans merci.