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Stamps featuring Butterflies III

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Stamps featuring Butterflies III

The Philippine Postal Corporation will continue its Philippine butterflies definitive series with new stamps dated "2006". These are needed for the postage rates hike due to increase in handling costs and the inclusion of value added tax (VAT).

Most of the stamps in this new series will be modified versions of the definitives issued in 2005. The colored ring behind each butterfly will be removed. The P7.00 stamps will not have any background color, while the rest will have the entire background in one color and with a fainter outline around each butterfly. The first part of this "2006" series includes a single P1.00 stamp (for make-up rate) and a block of ten P7.00 stamps since the local rate was increased from P6.00 to P7.00 starting January 16, 2006.

Kind of Issue: Definitive
Denomination & Quantities P 1.00 - 3,000,000
P 7.00 - 6,500,000 (10 designs)
Date of Issue  April 28, 2006
Sheet Composition  100 (10x10)
Size of Stamps 22mm x 25mm
Perforation 14 1/4
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer   APO Production Unit, Inc..
Photographer Catherine Grace Tan
Design Coordinator  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Design Philippine Butterflies from the collection of Justin "Tiny" Nuyda

The same butterflies featured on the P1.00 and P6.00 stamps issued in 2005 are used:

P1.00

  1. 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.

P 7.00

  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. Lex/as sarrapes fif'waga (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. Cheritra 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 April 28, 2006 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all regional offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation