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Nabokov’s Favorite Butterfly Flies North, And Straight Into Our City, For Spring

Lepidopterists, take note: if you live toward the north, you may have noticed an exceptional amount of orange and black butterflies taking to the skies. These are the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) series, which literature nerds (holler!) will recognize as Vladimir Nabokov’s favorite, to which he penned an ode in his 999-line poem Pale Fire. I haven’t seen one yet, but apparently there’s tons of them, especially here in New York City where they’ll actually end up settling. This is hardly the first time they’ve been seen — the butterflies migrate upward from the South come spring — but they’re early this year and have arrived in mass quantities. According to upstate New York paper The Daily News, “[the Red Admiral] typically arrives at the end of May, but to see it in such numbers and so early in the season is not common.” Experts agree that the phenomenon has occurred about 4-5 weeks earlier than average, most likely caused by our unseasonably warm spring. Keep reading »

Butterfly Accessories: Not Just For Tweens

The butterfly has really gotten a bad rap when it comes to the fashion choices it inspires. Most often it’s relegated to tramp stamps and plastic tween jewelry, but why? It’s a beautiful creature with magnificent colors and I think we should embrace the more mature side of butterfly style. After the jump, a selection of gorgeous butterfly accessories appropriate for those of us who have already gone through puberty. [Monarch Hair Clips, $10, Which Goose Etsy Shop] Keep reading »

Spring Has Sprung!

The current cover of The New Yorker features this woman (?) with butterflies all over her head. We are so ready for spring. [This Isn't Happiness] Keep reading »

Decorative Butterfly Maps For Butterfly Lovers

If you like butterflies but don’t like the idea of looking at them pinned to a board, or if you love maps and are looking for a unique way to incorporate them into your home decor, Image Surgery has a wonderful alternative: butterfly maps. Unique and vintage maps are cut into butterfly shapes and framed for hanging on the wall. If you can’t get your hands on a limited-edition set, Examiner shows you how to craft your own winged wonders with maps, glue, and push pins that create a beautiful butterfly effect. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Fly Away

Apparently butterflies are the “in” insect for Spring ’09. [Emporio Armani fashion show; Milan Fashion Week; 9/21/2008] Keep reading »

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