Dorsal view of a Heliconius numata specimen, otherwise called numata longwing. It is found across most of South America.

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: Numata 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 numata</i>
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Entomology

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps