Because of its richly varied geography and its location straddling the tropics and subtropics, Taiwan has a great number of butterflies with rich species diversity. To call public attention to the importance of ecological conservation, Chunghwa Post previously issued a set of stamps on Taiwan butterflies on June 25, 2009, and it is now following up with a souvenir sheet (Issue of 2011), consisting of four stamps, featuring Euploea butterflies. The souvenir sheet, following the format of its forerunner of 2009, is printed in the shape of a butterfly, with a butterfly-shaped cutout on each stamp. The designs follow: 1. Euploea eunice hobsoni (Butler) (NT$5): This butterfly has dark brown forewings with an iridescent blue shimmer. There are some pale blue gray markings on the submarginal areas of each of its wings and at the center of its forewings. 2. Euploea sylvester swinhoei Wallace & Moore (NT$5): The upper surfaces of the forewings of this dark brown butterfly have an iridescent blue shimmer near the apex and light blue spots along the outer edges of its cells. There are three pale blue gray spots at the center of the underside of its forewings. 3. Euploea tulliolus koxinga Fruhstorfer (NT$12): This dark brown butterfly has iridescent blue forewings. There are rows of white markings in the submarginal areas of the upper surfaces of each of its wings. The undersides of its wings are paler in color, with white markings at the center of its forewings and also in positions that correspond to the white spots on its upper surfaces. 4. Euploea mulciber barsine Fruhstorfer (NT$12): The male has a large violescent patch with some scattered tiny white spots near the apex of its forewings. The female has white scattered spots near the apex and white streaks on the inner edges of the forewings and the cells of the hind wings.
To coordinate with the release of these stamps, Chunghwa Post specially issues two types of stamp folios and maximum cards. Details are as follows: 1. Taiwan Butterflies Stamp Folio: It includes two souvenir sheets, one each from both the 2009 and 2011 issues, as well as a beautiful butterfly sticker. 2. Flying Purple Crow Butterfly Stamp Folio: It includes one souvenir sheet from the 2011 issue as well as a piece of foil stamp. For innovation purposes, the stamp folio has a stereoscopic mode. To demonstrate the shimmering effect, the design of Euploea butterflies on its cove is additionally coated with laser film. 3. Maximum cards: This 4-piece set of cards features Euploea butterfly. For pre-cancelled editions, Chinese and English postal cachets of Linnei Post Office, are separately used. Linnei is the major site for Euploea butterfly migrations.
(1) First Day Cover in large size: NT$3 apiece. (2) Folder :NT$8 apiece (3) Folder with mount: NT$8 apiece. (4) Loose-leaf album page：NT$16 apiece. (5) Maximum cards: NT$30 a set. (6)Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one souvenir sheet: NT$37 apiece. (7) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with maximum cards: NT$64 apiece. (8) Taiwan Butterflies Stamp Folio: NT$150 a copy. (9) Flying Purple Crow Butterfly Stamp Folio: NT$150 a copy.
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw.
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