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24 September 2003
14/2003
Commemorative Issue

Bugs and Butterflies

Australia
Bugs and butterflies fascinate children (and a great many adults). This year we are inviting children to

Ulysses butterfly (Papilio ulysses joesa)  

Ulysses butterfly (Papilio ulysses joesa)

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This icon of far north Queensland makes a spectacular sight, especially when the butterfly

Leichhardt  

Leichhardt

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This is one of Australia

Vedalia ladybird (Rodolia cardinalis)  

Vedalia ladybird (Rodolia cardinalis)

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Their bright colours and contrasting spots make ladybirds one of the best known beetle families in Australia.

Most ladybirds are carnivorous. They eat other insects, including pests such as aphids, scale insects and mites. Their diet

Green mantid (Orthodera ministralis)  

Green mantid (Orthodera ministralis)

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Its size (its body can be up to 120 mm long) and its posture (with forelegs held together as if praying) make this bug easy to recognise. It

Emperor gum moth caterpillar (Opodiphthera eucalypti)  

Emperor gum moth caterpillar (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

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These common Australian insects can grow to 120 mm in length and are found in forests and woodlands throughout the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

This caterpillar is bright green with red and blue lumps along the body. The lumps are topped with non-stinging hairs. A yellow line runs along each side of the body. When the angle of light is just right the yellow line can be mistaken for a leaf

Fiddler beetle (Eupoecila australasiae)  

Fiddler beetle (Eupoecila australasiae)

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Beetles are the largest and most diverse order of insects. This one takes its common name from a violin-shaped pattern in its mostly dark brown shell. The fiddler beetle is found from top to bottom of the eastern half of Australia.

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 24 September 2003
Denominations................ Six x 50c
Illustrator........................ Graeme Base
Stamp size (all)................ 37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations.................... 13.86 x 14.6
Printer (all) ..................... SNP Sprint Paper
Gummed ................... Tullis Russell
Self-adhesive booklets .. JAC B100
Self-adhesive rolls....... JAC B90
Special feature................ Reflective foiling
Printing process .............. Lithography
Sheet layout.................... Sheets of 50, in two panes of 25 (two issue sheets)
National postmark ........... Canberra ACT 2600
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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