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Stamps featuring Butterflies VII
Stamps featuring Butterflies VII

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue the second and third parts of its new definitive series featuring Philippine butterflies.

Kind of Issue: Definitive
Denomination & Quantities: P 1.00 - 2,500,000
P 6.00 - 1,000,000 (10 designs)
Date of Issue: P 1.00 - April 12, 2005
P 6.00 - October 12, 2005
Sheet Composition: 100(10x10)
Size of Stamps:   22mm x 25mm
Perforation: 14 ¼
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: APO Production Unit, Inc.
Photographer: Catherine Grace Tan
Graphic Artist: Hans Lerwyn Villarica
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Design: Philippine butterflies from the collection of Justin "Tiny"Nuyda
Write-up: Justin "Tiny" Nuyda

Butterflies are not only an important order of insects confronting nature lovers, collectors and scientists with innumerable unsolved problems, neither are they dangerous pests threatening man's economy with great financial losses. Butterflies are frequently his friends in the struggle to achieve harvest and, if he takes the trouble to look closely, are often creatures of unexpected beauty: the colors and forms of these living jewels are magnificent. It will require more that ordinary skill for an artist to reproduce the metallic shimmer of gloss sheen seen in some of the tropical winged jewels. The satisfaction, excitement and delight of the nature lover or the collector who discovers the rare species which has eluded him, is beyond description.

The conservation of our wildlife and our butterflies in particular, some of which are on the verge of extinction, is very important and some thought should be given for its conservation. Let us protect our forests.

P1.00

Arisbe decolor stratos (Rothschild, 1895)
This remarkable fast flying black and white Papilio swallowtail belongs to the antiphates group. The species can be found in the island of Mindoro.

 

P6.00

  1. Hebemoia glaucippe philippensis (Wallace, 1893)
    The largest butterfly in the Pieridae family. The overall color is white, occasionally with yellow tinge. The bright orange triangular marking on the apical forewing is very striking, thus it is given the common name "orange tip".
     
  2. Moduza urdaneta aynii (J. Nuyda 1993)
    Recently discovered new nymphalid subspecies from Camiguin Island, Babuyanes Group, Northern Luzon. A fast flying butterfly that can be found only in forested areas.
     
  3. Lexias satrapes hiwaga (J. Nuyda & Kawamura 1989)
    Considered as one of the most beautiful diurnal butterfly in Southeast Asia. A luminous purple blue band on the hind wing with white spot markings on the upper forewing accents this butterfly.
     
  4. Cberitra orpheus (C. & R. Felder 1862)
    This butterfly belongs to the Lycaenidae family. Popularly known as the "golden-tailed hairstreak" due to the golden metallic color and long hair-like tails.
     
  5. Achillides chikae chikae (Igarashi 1965)
    Category 1 on the list of CITIES as one of the most endangered species in the world. Habitat: Mountain Province, Northern Luzon
     
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Stamps and official first day covers will be available starting the respective first days of sale, at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all regional offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation