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Beauty of Flight - Lepidoptera from the Smithsonian

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Selection of my favorite butterflies and moths (from the more than 180,000 described). The Smithsonian National Musem of Natural History's Lepidoptera Collection has 4 million specimens, occupying 30,000 drawers and 3,000 alcohol jars. The collection has the most complete representation of both larvae (123,000 specimens) and adults in the Western Hemisphere! Learn more.

Mylothris bernice

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias aedon Hewitson, 1848

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Trogonoptera trojana

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Ornithoptera aesacus

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias phalcidon Hewitson, 1855

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias aedon Hewitson, 1848

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias phalcidon Hewitson, 1855

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias aedon Hewitson, 1848

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Cepora perimale

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Eurema reticulata

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colias chrysotheme

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colias croceus

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Anthocharis damone

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pyrisitia proterpia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Belenois theuszi

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Eurema tominia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Argynnis mormonia Boisduval, 1869

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Dismorphia astyocha

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris chloris

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Appias sylvia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris phileris

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris yulei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris rhodope

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris jacksoni

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Dismorphia lygdamis

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Zerene eurydice

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Parides ascanius

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Cepora pactolicus

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Prioneris sita

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Zegris fausti

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis euippe

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis agoye

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis evanthides

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Anthocharis midea

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Phoebis avellanada

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis danae

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Cepora temena

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Appias zarinda

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias euphemia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pereute leucodrosime

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Catasticta uricoecheae

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias nais

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias harpalyce

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Agrias aedon Hewitson, 1848

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias bakeri

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Cepora julia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias flavistriga

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Prioneris hypsipyle

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Dismorphia niepelti

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias weiskei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Appias ada

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias meeki

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias alepa

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias timorensis

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias rosenbergi

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias euphemia

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pieris oleracea

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Infraphulia illimani

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Tatochila inversa

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Catasticta poujadei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Appias lyncida

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis guenei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Itaballia marana

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pareronia jobaea

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pontia beckerii

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pontia daplidice

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias ribbei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias shirozui

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias argenthona

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Belenois helcida

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Dismorphia lelex

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Aporia peloria

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Dismorphia astyocha

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Tatochila orthodice

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Catasticta scurra

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis celimene

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Appias lalage

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colias dimera

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis pallene

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias eucharis

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias levicki

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias schoenbergi

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Mylothris bernice

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Delias tessei

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Pareronia avatar

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Colotis evenina

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Rosema incita Schaus, 1892

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Trogonoptera trojana

NMNH - Entomology Dept.