Monday, May 16, 2016

Australia 2016
Beautiful Butterflies

ISSUE DATE: 3 May 2016
STAMP SIZE:37.5 x 26 mm
PRODUCT DESIGN: Sharon Rodziewicz
STAMP DESIGN: Sharon Rodziewicz

Butterflies are part of the largest insect order, Lepidoptera, which literally means “scaled wings”. The two pairs of scaly membranous wings that butterflies possess is how they differ from all other insects. Their colourful, and sometimes detailed, patterns can serve many purposes, from blending in to their surroundings to attracting a mate. Four bright and beautiful butterflies are featured in this stamp issue.

The Pale Triangle (Graphium eurypylus), the Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) and the Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) are all members of the swallowtail family. Swallowtails are typically large, boldly coloured and decorative and are named for the presence, in many species, of a tail on their hind wing.

The Pale Triangle is part of the Graphium genus of swallowtails, of which only six of the almost 90 species occur in Australia. The Pale Triangle can be distinguished from the Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon) by the extra white spots in the black areas along the outside of its forewings.

The large, striking Cairns Birdwing is found only in coastal areas of north-east Queensland. The female of the species is the largest butterfly found in Australia, with a wingspan of around 15 to 20 centimetres. The male of the species looks similar to the Richmond Birdwing (Ornithoptera richmondia), which is endemic to Australia and listed as Vulnerable in Queensland.

The Bordered Rustic (Cupha prosope) is a medium-sized butterfly. It is seen in sunny areas, small clearings and along creeks, at the edges of thick rainforest in some coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

The strip of self-adhesive stamps contains one of each of the three self-adhesive stamps from the roll of 100 available with the Beautiful Butterflies stamps issue.




Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post