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Sp.531 Taiwan Butterflies Postage Stamps (Issue of 2009)

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Stamp SN D531
Stamp Name Sp.531 Taiwan Butterflies Postage Stamps (Issue of 2009)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Insects
Issue date 2009-06-25
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 40 × 30(mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.) 126 × 92(mm)
Printer Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Designer Delta Design Corporation
Creative Director
Sheet composition
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 111/2 x 12
To call public attention to conserve natural habitat, Chunghwa Post is following up with a souvenir sheet on swallowtail butterflies. The designs follow:1. Papilio xuthus Linnaeus (NT$5.00): It has dark brown wings, although the coloration in females is somewhat lighter. There is a pale yellow crescent (lunule) behind the forewings and hindwings, and there are some light yellow markings near the base of the hindwings. The males and females are similar in appearance except for some obvious orange markings on either side of the bluish gray band on the underside of females’ hindwings. In addition, there is a black spot on the front edge of males’ hindwings, which is absent in females. 2. Troides aeacus formosanus Rothschild (NT$5.00): The male has black wings, and the bright yellow markings on the upperside and underside of its hindwings are larger than those of the female. There is a row of black saw-tooth markings on the outer margin of its hindwings and some red markings on its thorax. Females are larger than males, with broader forewings and a complicated yellow and black pattern on their hindwings. This butterfly is an endemic subspecies to Taiwan. It is listed as a rare and valuable protected species. 3. Graphium agamemnon (Linnaeus) (NT$12.00): Females and males have identical wing patterns. The male has black wings with four vertical rows of yellowish green spots on each wing. There is a fuzzy gray brand in the fold at the inner edge of the hindwings. Females lack the brand and are larger than males. 4. Papilio paris nakaharai Shirôzu (NT$12.00): It has black wings. There is a broad, metallic greenish blue marking on its hindwings, which shimmers during flight. It is one of the most beautiful butterflies in Taiwan. There is a row of red crescents on the outer edge of the underside of its hindwings. Females and males are similar in appearance, except that in males the blue marking on the upperside of the hindwing extends narrowly below and above.
(1) First Day Cover in large size to be sold at NT$3.00 apiece.(2) Folder especially prepared for the souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece. (3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.(4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$16.00 apiece.(5) Maximum card to be sold at NT$30.00 a set.(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$37.00 apiece. (7) Pre-cancelled maximum card comprising 4 stamps to be sold at NT$64.00 apiece. To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw.