Dorsal view of a Heliconius atthis specimen, otherwise known as False Zebra Longwing or Atthis Longwing. It is endemic to Ecuador.

Part of the collection donated to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History by retired U.S. Marine Colonel Stanley S. Nicolay, who was known for his field research on the butterflies of Panama and Ecuador and for his taxonomic papers on Neotropical Lycaenidae and Hesperiidae. Nicolay, who was a longtime collaborator with Smithsonian engomologists, donated his collection of 42,000 specimens to the Museum.


  • Title: False Zebra Longwing butterfly
  • Type: Insect
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • Scientific Name: <i>Heliconius atthis</i>
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Entomology

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