borrowed from New Latin, specific epithet of Eumaeus atala
, probably after Atala
, heroine of the short novel Atala, ou Les Amours de deux sauvages dans le désert
(1801) by the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand †1848
Named by the Cuban zoologist Felipe Poey y Aloy (1799-1891) in Centurie de Lépidoptères de l’Ile de Cuba, I-IIe. Décade (Paris: Mercklein, 1832), pp. [31-33]. Though Poey gives the sources of the specific names he proposes for a number of other species in the study, he does not trace this one—perhaps because Chateaubriand’s novel was so well known at the time that an allusion was unnecessary.