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24 September 2003
14/2003
Commemorative Issue

Bugs and Butterflies - Miniature Sheet

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

Bugs and Butter flies  

Bugs and Butter flies

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The miniature sheet features additional creatures, including a large and very colourful male birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera priamus). These butterflies prefer to keep to the treetops where they cruise around with a gliding flight. Birdwings are internationally protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Also to be found, although perhaps not immediately, are a stick insect, ant, slater, weevil, moth, scorpion, cicada, lacewing, crane fly, centipede, mosquito and dragonfly. These creatures are hidden within the design. This design technique is one of the hallmarks of the work of Graeme Base.

Technical Information

Issue date....................... 24 September 2003
Illustrator........................ Graeme Base
Miniature sheet size ........ 170 x 80 mm
Printer (all) ..................... SNP Sprint Paper
Gummed ................... Tullis Russell
Special feature................ Reflective foiling
Printing process .............. Lithography
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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