|Madeleinea moza Fig. 5|
Several, see text
For one thing, this genus was discussed by famous author and lepidopterologist Vladimir Nabokov in 1945. However, he used the name Itylos, which actually refers to a closely related but distinct genus described in 1921. That was not known in his time however, as the relationships of the butterflies discussed by Nabokov were only resolved in 1993. In any case, Nivalis was proposed as a replacement name by Emilio Balletto but for technical reasons[verification needed] turned out to be unavailable. Zsolt Bálint subsequently established the currently-valid name.
The latter researcher, in cooperation with Kurt Johnson, since then described many taxa new to science. To honor the contributions of Nabokov to entomology - chiefly concerning Lycaenidae -, these were often given names referring to the novels of Nabokov, or characters therein.
At least one but probably more undescribed species are known to exist.
- Madeleinea ardisensis Bálint & Lamas, 1996 – named after Ardis Hall, a place in Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle.
- Madeleinea bella Bálint & Lamas, 1996
- Madeleinea cobaltana Bálint & Lamas, 1994 – named after Kobalt, a mountain resort in Pale Fire
- Madeleinea colca Bálint & Lamas, 1996
- Madeleinea gradoslamasi Bálint & Johnson, 1997
- Madeleinea huascarana Bálint & Lamas, 1994
- Madeleinea koa (Druce, 1896)
- Madeleinea lea Benyamini, Bálint & Johnson, 1995
- Madeleinea lolita Bálint, 1993 – named after Dolores Haze, nicknamed "Lolita", and the protagonist of the novel by the same title.
- Madeleinea ludicra (Weymer, 1890)
- Madeleinea malvasa Bálint & Pyrcz, 
- Madeleinea moza (Staudinger, )
- Madeleinea nodo Bálint & Johnson, 1995 – named after Nodo, half-brother of Odon in Pale Fire.
- Madeleinea odon[verification needed] Bálint & Johnson, 1995 – named after Odon, half-brother of Nodo in Pale Fire.
- Madeleinea pacis (Draudt, 1921)
- Madeleinea pelorias (Weymer, 1890)
- Madeleinea sigal Benyamini, Bálint & Johnson, 1995
- Madeleinea tintarrona Bálint & Johnson, 1995 – named after Tintarron, a brand of deep blue glass in Pale Fire
- Madeleinea vokoban Bálint & Johnson, 1995 – the specific name is "Nabokov" read backwards
- Nabokov, Vladimir (1945): Notes on neotropical Plebejinae (Lycaenidae, Lepidoptera). Psyche 52: 1–61. PDF fulltext
- Zimmer, Dieter E. (1996): A Guide to Nabokov’s Butterflies and Moths. Hamburg, Germany
|Wikispecies has information related to: Madeleinea Species and Subspecies|
- Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms: Madeleinea. Version of 2007-JUL-11. Retrieved 2007-DEC-30.
- Photo of male Madeleinea ardisensis
- Another photo of male Madeleinea ardisensis, showing underside
- Photo of female Madeleinea cobaltana