Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - Swallowtails

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 27 April 2016
STAMP SIZE: 36 x 26 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Libuše and Jaromír Knotek

The common yellow swallowtail (Papilio machaon) is one of the most beautiful and largest (with a wingspan of 7-9 cm) daytime Czech butterflies. It belongs to the endangered butterfly species in the Czech Republic. The scarce swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a swallowtail butterfly. It lives in warm regions, mostly on bushes covered south-facing hillsides. In the Czech Republic, it is more rare than the related common yellow swallowtail. It is more common in South European countries, such as Greece, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, the home of a slightly different form living in two generations a year. The scarce swallowtail is protected in the Czech Republic.

Stamp image and description thanks to Česká pošta