by Don  

The word бабочка means butterfly or moth.
Вампир is one of several words that means vampire.

So the obvious question is how would you say “vampire moths”? That would be «бабочки-вампиры». The even more obvious question is why the heck would you want to say such a thing? The answer: blood-sucking moths have been discovered in Siberia. Really. I'm not kidding. Now we Americans have another reason never to leave the safety of our monolingual homes.

You can read about the critters here (mirror with translation).

1 comment

Comment from: Walt Richmond [Visitor]

This detail will fit nicely into the course on Vampires in Slavic culture that I’m in the process of creating! Thanks!

01/21/09 @ 10:46

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