Nature Series: Butterflies

A stamp issue featuring butterflies was released today, as part of the nature series. Designed by Nicodemus Loh F C, four butterflies found in Singapore are featured in this stamp issue. Butterflies are more active during the warmer part of the day and can be easily spotted in different places, including gardens, grasslands and wildlife parks.

Featured on the 1st local stamp is the Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus), a large and colourful butterfly with a black and yellow pattern. Highly sought after by collectors, this is a protected species in Singapore and Malaysia.

The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon), found on the 80c stamp, is swift-flying and is commonly found flitting from flower to flower. It is also commonly known as the Green Spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay or the Green Triangle. Apple-green spots are found on the wings of this butterfly.

The Common Posy (Drupadia ravindramoorei) ($1.10) can be easily spotted along jungle paths. Something special about this species is that it has three tails, with the middle one being the longest. The Common Posy tends to rest on the same leaf with its wings closed.

The Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina), often found in coastal mangrove areas, is depicted on the $2 stamp. It has a transverse black bar in forewing cell. This butterfly is naturally attracted to partially dried Heliotropium indicum.

Graphics: Singapore Post