Gary Hevel with Iridescent Beetles

Photo: John Gibbons/Smithsonian Institution
November 17, 2010
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Photo: John Gibbons/Smithsonian Institution

Gary Hevel, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, examines a specimen tray of tropical long-horned beetles at the National Museum of Natural History. These iridescent beetles, native to South America, represent only a small fraction of the more than 35 million specimens of insects in the Smithsonian’s entomology collection.