Fascinating of butterfly

Butterflies have magnificent colors and fly cheerfully from flower to flower in the air. Since their behavior do not bite or sting, butterfly is a insect model of innocence.

Rabu, 12 Desember 2012

Iranian Butterfly -2003



In year 2003, Iranian Post issued five stamp set of butterfly series and moth series. Total stamps are issued are 7 (seven)  stamps.

http://d2cdm2jef6kgc7.cloudfront.net/stamps/2003/IR/IR015.03.jpgOn May 14, 2003, they issued two stamps feature Argynnis Paphia, and Issoria Lathonia

Argynnis paphia is a common and variable butterfly found over much of the Palaearctic ecozone – Algeria, Europe, temperate Asia and Japan.


The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) was in decline in the UK for much of the 1970s and 1980s, but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories.

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed.



The Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.It occurs throughout the Palaearctic from North Africa to Japan.It is distinctly migratory in Western Europe, in Central and South Europe.



The adult is a strong flyer, and may be found anywhere but forests. Flight time is between March and October, size is between 38 mm and 46 mm, and is usually found at altitudes between sea level and 2700 m .

Selasa, 27 November 2012

Butterflies of Wallis & Futuna



The Post of Wallis & Futuna Islands issued a set of two stamps feature the endemic butterflies species,  Papilio montrouzieri and Danaus pumila on  June 28,  2005 .

Papilio montrouzieri is a species of swallowtail butterfly from the genus Papilio that is endemic to New Caledonia. General description is scale up to 10 cm and metallic blue on top of the wings.Distributed in Grande Terre and the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia. Their habitat are in harvested forest like : Pine Peak, Port Wooded.

Danaus pumila , The Least Tiger (Parantica pumila) is a species of butterfly in the Danainae subfamily. It is found in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Jumat, 09 November 2012

Butterflies & Moths III–Jersey



Global climate change is thought to be the cause of a remarkable number of French and southern European species of butterflies and moths spreading north and being recorded in the Channel Islands and the UK. Some are vagrants in ones and twos but others have become established in Jersey  during the past decade.


Following the previous of butterflies stamp series, Jersey Post issued the third stamp set of butterflies and moths on May 08, 2012. The issue comprise of 4 single postage stamps, 3 stamps in one souvenir sheet and two set of  First Day Cover. The species featured on stamps are Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing or Noctua fimbriata, Painted Lady or Vanessa cardui, Merveille du Jour  or Dichonia aprilina , Queen of Spain Fritillary or  Issoria lathonia , Large Emerald or Geometra papilionaria , Red Admiral or Vanessa atalanta .

Senin, 02 April 2012

Butterflies of Gambia

Gambia Post issued the beautiful stamp set features butterflies of their country on December 30, 2009. The issues are  one miniature sheet consist of six postage stamps and one set of four postage single stamps.
The miniature sheet depicted species Abadima Acraea, African common white, Cream-bordered Charaxes and African Caper white, Large spotted Acraea, Tiny Orange Tip. Meanwhile single stamps are depicted species Elegant acraea, Bamboo Charaxes, Green-veined Charaxes and Pink acraea.

Top arrays from left to right:
Abadima Acraea or Acraea pseudeginaAcraea pseudegina is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family which has a wingspan reaching about 45–55 millimetres . In this quite variable species the uppersides of the forewings are usually smoky black, with some black spots. Fringes are black except on the inner margins of both wings where they are yellowish. The uppersides of the hindwings have brick-red colour. An irregular row of nine spots shown by transparency from the underside crosses the descale area of the wings. The underside is similar to the upperside, but there is a series of black marking on the edge of the hind wings.

African Common White or Belenois creona. The African Common White (Belenois creona) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae which found in the Afrotropic ecozone.The wingspan is 40-45 mm. Sexes are dimorphic.Uppersides are white with black or brown marginal borders and veins in forewing apex.Females have broader dark upperside borders on both wings. Underwings are yellow during wet season.

Cream-bordered Charaxes or Charaxes epijasius. Charaxes or The Rajah and Pasha butterflies, also known as Emperors in Africa, make up the huge type genus of the brush-footed butterfly subfamily Charaxinae, or leafwing butterflies. Charaxes are tropical Old World butterflies, with by far the highest diversity in sub-Saharan Africa, a smaller number in South and Southeast Asia, and a single species (Charaxes jasius) in Europe. They are generally strong flies and very popular among butterfly collectors.

Bottom arrays from left to right:
African Caper White or Belenois aurota. The African Caper White (Belenois aurota) is a small to medium-sized butterfly of the Family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in South Asia and Africa. In Africa, it is also known as the Brown-veined White, and is well-known during summer and autumn when large numbers migrate north-east over the interior.Wing expanse of 44–62 mm.

Large spotted Acraea or Acraea zetes. The Large spotted Acraea or Acraea zetes is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family . The Nymphalidae is the true butterflies which distributed worldwide, especially rich in the tropics. Adults of some groups are the longest-lived butterflies, surviving 6-11 months. Adult feeding behavior depends on the species, where some groups primarily seek flower nectar while others only feed on sap flows , rotting fruit, dung, or animal carcasses. Males exhibit perching and patrolling behaviors when seeking mates. Egg-laying varies widely, as some species lay eggs in clusters, others in columns, and others singly. Caterpillar appearance and behavior vary widely.

Tiny Orange Tip or Colotis evagore. The Tiny Orange Tip (Colotis evagore) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is found in the dry parts of tropical Africa, northern Africa, southern Spain, and southwest Arabia.The wingspan is 28–35 mm in males and 28–38 mm in females. The adults fly from February to August depending on the range.The larva feed on Maerua, Capparis and Cadaba species.

GAM0926C0aElegant Acraea
Elegant Acraea or Acraea egina is a butterfly of the genus of brush-footed butterflies (Acraea) in the family of Nymphalidae.The food plants of their caterpillars are usually Urticaceae or, like in most Heliconiinae, Passifloraceae. Some feed on other plants, such as Fabaceae, "Flacourtiaceae" or Violaceae. Their preferred species contain cyanogenic glycosides, which make the larvae and adults poisonous to predators.

GAM0926C0bBamboo Charaxes, Charaxes bouveti
The Bamboo Charaxes or Charaxes bouveti is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae which its larvae feed on Bamboo. Wingspan is around 6cm. Behavior similar to other Charaxes.

Green-veined Charaxes, Charaxes candiope
The  Green-veined Charaxes (Charaxes candiope) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae which found in most of Subsaharan Africa.The wingspan is 45–55 mm in males and 50–60 mm in females. The basic colour of the upperside wings is tawny or orange tawny, with a basal area slightly paler or pale ocher yellow. The unscaled veins and the coastal edge of forewing are green. The hindwings have a sub marginal black band with a series of tawny ochers or whitish interstitial spots. The undersides of the forewings are clayish, slightly ochers, while the hindwings are sepia colour.

Pink Acraea, Acraea caecillia
Acraea caecillia  is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae which have distinctive appearance are ground colour brownish red, hindwing margin and forewing apex blackish, both wings with small black spots.

Jumat, 23 Maret 2012

Butterflies of Aruba - 2011

The Postal Administrative of Aruba issued the stamp set featured the butterflies species on the first of December 2011. The issues are consist of ten postage stamps. The species depicted are Lycaena heteronea austin, Diaethria neglecta, Lycaena lapidicola, Pyrrhogyra edocla, Anartia amarthea amarthea, Anglais urticae, Morpho aega, Junonia coenia coenia, Dione juno juno.

The Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in the western Canada and USA.The males of this species have a bright blue upper-side with faint black spots. The females are greyish brown, with prominent black spots and a blush of orange. The under-side in both sexes is white with black dots.The unique colour of this copper has led to speculation on its convergent evolution with blues. Lycaena heteronea austin feeds as a larva on the same food-plants as blues in the genus Euphilotes.The wingspan is 26–33 mm. Adults are on wing from April to August.

Diaethria neglecta

Diaethria is a brush-footed butterfly genus found in the Neotropical Ecozone, ranging from Mexico to Paraguay. Diaethria neglecta occurs from Panama to Bolivia. The "89" or "88" numerals which appear on the underside hind-wings of this species are present in all of the dozen members of the genus Diaethria, but vary in colour, thickness and shape according to species. 
The butterflies often frequent human dwellings, and are considered a sign of good luck by many communities. The upper-sides are blackish, marked on the forewings with a diagonal band of metallic blue or green. In some species this colour is repeated on the hind-wings in the form of a sub-marginal band.

imageLycaena lapidicola
Lycaena lapidicola or Coppers are members of the Family Lycaenidae. They are found in sunny, open habitats throughout the temperate zone, with 50 species found in Eurasia and North America. 
Coppers typically have upper wing surfaces that are iridescent purple or red-orange, but some North American species are blue, brown, or gray. Males perch and interact with other males while awaiting receptive females. Most species have a single brood and overwinter as eggs or as first instar caterpillars within the egg. The caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants , which in North America are docks, knotweeds, buckwheat, cinquefoils, gooseberries, currants, or red berry .
Pyrrhogyra edocla

Pyrrhogyra edocla is a pretty butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1848 by Doubleday. The wingspan is about 5.0 – 6.0 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family Nymphalidae. Pyrrhogyra edocla is black and white. The underside has red stripes. Pyrrhogyra edocla can be found from Mexico to Brazil.

Anartia amarthea amarthea.
The Brown Peacock or Scarlet Peacock (Anartia amathea) is a species of nymphalid butterfly, found primarily in South America. The type locality is probably Surinam, and the species is found from Panama to Argentina; Grenada, Barbados, Antigua. Larval host plants are mostly include the families Acanthaceae and Labiatae.

Anglais urticae.
The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly.It is found in temperate Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan. This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies.
The adult is striking, with its dark body and red and yellow wings, which have a row of blue dots around the rear edge. The under-wings are dull, which helps to conceal stationary or hibernating individuals. When threatened, resting individuals rapidly open their wings, presenting the dramatic display of colours. This can frighten away young or inexperienced birds.

imageMorpho aega
The Aega Morpho (Morpho aega) is a Neotropical butterfly found in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Morpho aega is a species group which may be composed of several species. The larvae feeds on Gramineae.

Junonia coenia coenia.
This butterfly has a distinctive pattern and slightly scalloped wing margins. On the upper-side, all four wings have a large and a small eyespot, the large one on the forewing in a contrasting white band across the wing tip, and there are two orange bands near the costa at the base of the forewing. The underside is paler and the upper-side features are repeated. Females are noticeably larger than males. The wingspan is range 37 to 45 mm.

Junonia coenia coenia
The Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and all parts of the United States except the northwest, and is especially common in the south, the California coast, and throughout Central America and Colombia.
Its habitat is open areas with low vegetation and some bare ground. This species and its relatives were placed formerly in the genus Precis. Adults feed on nectar and also take fluids from mud and damp sand. Males perch on bare ground or low plants, occasionally patrolling in search of females, but they are not territorial. The caterpillars are solitary and feed on the foliage, flowers, and fruits of the host plant. 
Dione juno juno
The Juno Silverspot, Juno Longwing, or Juno Heliconian (Dione juno) is a species of butterflies of the subfamily Heliconiinae in the family Nymphalidae found from southern USA to South America.

Jumat, 09 Maret 2012

Butterflies of Botswana

Botswana Post  has issued the butterfly stamp set on the first of November 2007. The issue  comprises of 14  postage stamps that depicts respectively species of Scarlet tip, Dwarf blue, Mimmosa Saphire, Bushveld Orange-tip,African Monarch,Common Black-eye,Brown Playboy,Sapphire, Apricot Playboy, Blue Pansy,Black-striped Hairtail,Natal Barred Blue, and Foxy Charaxes.
Scarlet Tip
imageThe Crimson Tip or Scarlet Tip (Colotis danae) is a small butterfly of the Family Pieridae .Wing expanse of 45–50 mm in males and 48–52 mm in females.The butterfly is found in open to wooded savannah areas of Eastern Southern Africa from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape through to the Limpopo province in wherever its foodplant, Cabada termitaria, Cabada natalensis and Maerua angolensis are found. The insect flies throughout the year with a dry and wet season form being recognized. It flies fairly fast, feeding frequently and is best seen earlier in the morning when it is cooler and they sit warming themselves up.

Dwarf Blue
The Dwarf Blue (Oraidium barberae) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family which prefers savanna or grassed areas. It is found in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In South Africa it is found from the West Cape, north to Namaqualand, the North Cape and east to the East Cape and the Orange Free State as well as northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is the smallest butterfly in Africa!
The wingspan is 10-15 mm for males and 12-18 mm for females. Adults are on wing continuously depending on the rainfall, with peaks usually occurring from September to November and from February to April.The larvae probably feed on Exomis axyrioides. 
Mimosa Sapphire
The Mimosa Sapphire (Iolaus mimosae) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in southern Africa.
The wingspan is 26-31 mm for males and 30-32 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to March with a peak from October to November. There are one or more generations per year.The larvae feed on Moquinella rubra, Plicosepalus kalachariensis and Tapinanthus dicrous.

Bushveld Orange-tip
The Bushveld Orange Tip   or Colotis pallene is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is found in the southern Africa.
The wingspan is 28–35 mm. The adults fly year-round, peaking in late summer and autumn.The larva feed on Capparis species.

African Monarch
Danaus chrysippus, known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species.

Common Black-eye
The Common Black-eye (Leptomyrina gorgias) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in southern Africa.The wingspan is 18.5–29 mm for males and 25–32 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with peaks in November and March.The larvae feed on Kalanchoe, Crassula and Cotyledon species.

Brown Playboy
The Brown Playboy (Deudorix antalus) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Africa (including Madagascar) and south-west Arabia.
The wingspan is 22-34 mm for males and 22-40 mm for females. Adults are on year round with peaks from September to October and from March to May. The larvae feed on the fruit of a wide range of plants.

The Southern Sapphire (Iolaus silas) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, from the Name Karoo in the East Cape, then along the eastern littoral from Addo Elephant to Somerset East and Bedford, along the coastal Savannah and Lowland Forest into KwaZulu-Natal.
The wingspan is 32–37 mm for males and 34–41 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas and from September to January in the southern part of its range.The larvae feed on Moquinella rubra, Erianthemum dregei and Loranthus usuiensis.

Large Blue Emperor
The Large Blue Emperor,  or  Charaxes bohemani is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.The wingspan is 65–75 mm in males and 78–95 mm in females. Their flight period is year-round.
Larvae of Charaxes bohemani feed on Afzelia quanzensis, Brachystegia spiciformis, Julbernardia globiflora, Lonchocarpus capassa, Dalbergia nitidula, Scotia brachypetala, and Xeroderris stuhlmanni.

Apricot Playboy
The Apricot Playboy (Deudorix dinochares) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, eastern Africa and south-west Arabia. In South Africa it is found from northern KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland, Mpumalanga, the Limpopo Province, the North West Province and Gauteng.
The wingspan is 24-30 mm for males and 26-32 mm for females. Adults are on the wing year round with peaks from September to October and from March to May.
The larvae feed on the fruit of a wide range of plants such as; Combretum species , Burkea species , Syzygium species , Gardenia species ,  Acacia species ,  Prunus and Ximenia species , etc

Blue Pansy

Blue Pansy or Junonia orithya is a nymphalid butterfly with many subspecies occurring from Africa, through southern and south-eastern Asia, and in Australia.  In southern Africa it is known as the Eyed Pansy as the name Blue Pansy refers to Junonia oenone.
The adults occur in open areas, often sitting on bare ground. This species has a stiff flap and glide style of flight and maintains a territory; driving away other butterflies that may enter it.

imageBlack-striped Hairtail
The Black-striped Hairtail (Anthene amarah) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in tropical Africa and Arabia (up to Aqaba).
The wingspan is 21-26 mm for males and 23-29 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with a peak in summer.The larvae feed on Acacia species, including Acacia karroo, Acacia sieberana and Acacia gerrardii.

Natal Barred Blue
The Natal Bar or Natal Barred Blue (Cigaritis natalensis) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, from the East Cape along the coast to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, the Orange Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Limpopo Province, the North West Province and part of the North Cape. It is also present in Botswana.
The wingspan is 25-32.5 mm for males and 26.5-34 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with peaks from September to October and from March to May.The larvae feed on Canthium inerme, Clerodendron glabrum and Ximenia caffra.

Foxy Charaxes
The Two-tailed Pasha or Foxy Emperor (Charaxes jasius) is a butterfly which occurs in the Mediterranean region and Africa.The wingspan is 65–75 mm in males and 75–90 mm in females. Flight period is year-round.The host plant of the caterpillars is the strawberry tree Arbutus unedo.

Rabu, 07 Maret 2012

Butterflies in Gibraltar


On 4th April 1997, Gibraltar Post  issued the stamp set features  Anthocharis Belia Euphenoides,  Charaxes Jasius,  Vanessa Cardui and  Iphiclides Podalirius . The issuance presented  in one souvenir sheet consist of 4 postage stamps which depicts butterfly species and have background picture of flower plant.

 Anthocharis Belia Euphenoides – 23p
This lovely little butterfly , known as the Moroccan orange tip, Anthocharis belia, subspecies euphenoides.  It is found over much of Spain, southern France and parts of Italy and Switzerland, in a single brood that varies enormously in time of emergence. In Gibraltar it flies from mid-February and in the Pyrenees it is still flying at the end of July.

Charaxes Jasius  - 26p
Charaxes jasius or The Two-tailed Pasha or Foxy Emperor  is a butterfly which occurs in the Mediterranean region and Africa.Its wingspan is 65–75 mm in males and 75–90 mm in females. Flight period is year-round. The host plant of the caterpillars is the strawberry tree Arbutus unedo.
The species occurs  usually at low levels amongst hills in Mediterranean France, Portugal and neighboring Spain, most Mediterranean islands from the Balearics to Cyprus, Greece and Italy and coastal Balkans. North Africa where it is predominantly coastal.

Vanessa Cardui –30p
Vanessa Cardui or The painted lady butterfly travels around 1000 miles in its life. Its wing span is 2 inches. The painted lady caterpillar is black with spiked skin.
Vanessa Cardui is found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. It is widely distributed in the world ranging from North America, Asia and Europe to the North sub arctic.
This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape and very active. It has a swift flight but is very attracted to flowers. Larvae feed on Asteraceae spp., including Cirsium, Carduus, Centaurea, Arctium, Helianthus, and Artemisia spp.

Iphiclides Podalirius – 1,20 GBP
Iphiclides podalirius or  The Scarce Swallowtail is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China.
Iphiclides podalirius is a Palearctic swallowtail butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands.The food plant includes hawthorn bushes. The caterpillars spin little pads on leaves and grip them firmly.
The Scarce Swallowtail is getting rarer as the blackthorn bushes are being cleared. In some years the Scarce Swallowtail is quite abundant. It is considered Rare-Endangered and protected in some provinces of Austria and of status Indeterminate throughout Europe.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...