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Glorious Purplewing butterfly

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Dorsal view of a male Eunica sophonisba specimen, otherwise known as Glorius Purplewing. This species occurs in Venezuela, Surinam, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.

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 entomologists, donated his collection of 42,000 specimens to the Museum.

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  • Title: Glorious Purplewing 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>Eunica sophonisba</i>
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Entomology

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