Archive for the ‘butterfly’ Category

#970 Tonga 15/08/10

Tonga 150810-5This very nice cover from Tonga was sent by Steven, thank you! It was posted in Nuku’alofa on August 10 and arrived on August 24, 2015.

The top left and bottom right stamp are part of the “Butterflies and Flowers” set, which was issued on September 6, 2013. The stamps commemorate the Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) sitting on a Tahitian gardenia (Gardenia taitensis) and a meadow argus (Junonia villida) sitting on an elder (Sambucus nigra).

The top right stamp is part of the set “Royal Baby – Prince George of Cambridge“, which was issued on August 30, 2013.

The bottom left stamp are part of the “Fungi” set, which was issued on September 8, 1997. They depict the anemone stinkhorn (Aseroe rubra) and the fungi Marasmiellus semiustus.

 

#966 Swaziland 15/08/07

Swaziland 150807This very nice registered cover from Swaziland was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much! It was posted in Manzini on August 7 and arrived on August 26, 2015.

The two stamps on the left are part of the “Butterflies” set. They depict the Queen Purple Tip (Colotis regina) and the Natal Barred Blue (Spindasis natalensis).

The top right stamp is part of the set “Postal History”, which was issued on May 8, 2006. It depicts a post office in Manzini in the 1920s.

The bottom right stamp depicts “King Mswati III delivering his first speech”.

#942 Samoa 15/04/14

Samoa 150414-4Steven has sent this beautiful letter from Samoa, thank you! It was posted in Asau on April 14 and arrived on May 15, 2015.

The stamps depict the butterflies Vagrans egista, Dark Cerulean (Jamides bochus), and Godeffroy’s Swallowtail (Papilio godeffroyi).

#929 Mongolia 13/06/24

Mongolia 130624Enkhbold sent another very nice cover from Mongolia, thank you! It was posted on June 24 and arrived on July 1, 2013.

The left stamp is part of the “Calligraphy” set, which was issued on August 2, 2007. The depicted calligraphy is entitled “Leaves”. The middle stamp commemorates the butterfly swallowtail (Papilio machaon).

The two stamps on the right depict a Przewalski’s horse (Equus ferus przewalskii) and some onagers (Equus hemionus).

 

#849 Montserrat 14/09/26

Montserrat 140926Another new country for my collection: Wolfgang has sent this nice cover from Montserrat, thank you! The letter was posted on September 26 and arrived on October 14, 2014.

Wolfgang used a genuine envelope of the Montserrat Springs Hotel, which was devastated during the 1997 volcano eruption.

The stamps commemorate the butterflies Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius) and Nyctelius nyctelius. They are part of the definitives set, which was issued on March 5, 2013.

On the right it seems that a stamp was taken off the cover; there is a blank space above the postmark. Nevertheless it is a very nice cover!

See also: #838 Nevis 14/09/08

#698 Honduras 13/09/02

Honduras 130902This amazing registered cover from Honduras was sent by Raul, thank you! It was posted in Colonia Kennedy (part of Tegucigalpa) on September 2 and arrived on September 13, 2013.

The three top left stamps (issued March 23, 2011) commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the UPAEP (Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal) in 1911. They depict Yum Kaax, the god of the forest. The mini-sheet commemorates the butterfly Dryadula phaetusa (the inscription is “phalusa”, but the correct term is “phaetusa”).

The other six stamps are part of a set issued on August 25, 2012, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Honduras and South Korea. The stamps depict different artefacts and the presidents of Honduras and South Korea.

#694 Grenada 11/07/01

Arcadi sent me this nice postcard from Grenada, thank you! It was posted in St. George’s on July 1 and arrived on July 7, 2011.

The left stamp commemorates the Yellow-breasted Warbler (Seicercus montis). It is part of the definitives set issued by Grenada in 2000.

The second and fourth stamp are part of the orchids set of 1999, which was issued by Grenada Grenadines. They depict the flowers Broughtonia sanguinea (Blood Red Broughtonia) and Oncidium papilio.

The third stamp is part of a set that was issued by Grenada in 2006. It commemorates the butterfly Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa).

See also: #367 Grenada 10/05/19

#681 Spain 10/05/20

Spain 100520José Luís sent me this nice cover from Spain, thank you! It was posted in Gijón on May 20 and arrived on May 25, 2010.

The stamp set was issued on April 1, 2010. The stamps depict  the butterflies Zerynthia rumina and Euphydryas aurinia.

#631 Ghana 13/02/15

Ghana 130215Bonsie sent me this beautiful cover from Ghana, thank you very much! It was posted in Accra on February 15 and arrived on February 22, 2013.

The 2012 mini-sheet commemorates some butterflies of Africa: the Namibian Acraea (Acraea hypoleuca), the Purple Gem (Desmolycaena mazoensis), the Eriksson’s Highflier (Aphnaeus erikssoni), the Giant Blue (Lycaena gigantea), the Marshall’s Acraea Mimic (Mimacraea marshalli), and the Brown-line Sapphire (Iolaus alienus).

See also: #220 Ghana 09/11/16

#623 Dominican Republic 13/01/22

Dominican Rep 130122On January 28 I received this nice registered cover from the Dominican Republic. It was posted in Santo Domingo on January 22, 2013.

The left stamp commemorates the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus); it is part of the whales stamp set, which was issued on August 14, 1995.

The insects mini-sheet was issued on September 10, 1999, and depicts the Puerto Rican Rhinoceros Beetle (Strataegus quadrifoveatus), the Jaeger’s Anetia Butterfly (Anetia jaegeri), a cricket of the Tettigoniidae family, and a stick insect of the Phasmidae family (Aplopus sp.).

The next stamp is part of the set “Endemic Birds”, which was issued on September 19, 2012. It commemorates the Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga).

Finally the stamp on the right was issued on February 10, 2010; it depicts the coat of arms of the Dominican Republic.

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#515 Lithuania 11/12/??
#272 South Korea 09/09/03

#603 Australia 12/09/14

It was posted in Maroubra on September 14 and arrived on September 17, 2012.

The left stamp is part of the Cocos Island Butterflies set, which was issued on August 2, 2012. It depicts an Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi).

The stamp set on the right was issued on March 8, 2011. It commemorates the Floral Festivals Australia. The stamps depict flowers of the genera Gerbera, Jacaranda, Viola, Tulipa, and the Australian everlasting.

Many thanks to my Australian friend for sending this beautiful cover!

See also:
#499 Australia 11/02/17
#244 Samoa 09/12/02

#499 Australia 11/02/17

Juris sent me this nice cover from Australia, thank you! It was posted in Sydney on February 17 and arrived on February 22, 2011. The special cancellation depicts Cadmans Cottage in Sydney.

The left stamp depicts the butterfly cruiser (Vindula arsinoe). It is part of a set, which was issued on May 4, 2004. The right stamp commemorates the Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii).

#367 Grenada 10/05/19

Thank you, Arcadi, for this nice postcard from St. George’s, Grenada! The card was posted on May 19 and arrived on June 4, 2010.

The attached stamp is part of the 2006 butterflies definitives; it depicts the rare species Tithorea pinthias.

#257 Spain 09/11/19

José Luís sent me this nice cover from Gijón (Spain) thank you!

It was posted on November 19, 2009.

The cover commemorates two stamps issued on October 1, 2009: The top stamp depicts the butterfly Hyphoraia dejeani. The bottom stamp depicts the pansy (Viola tricolor sp.).

#244 Samoa 09/12/02

My first cover from Samoa was sent to me by Jean Pierre, thank you very much! It was posted on December 2, 2009.

The two stamps on the left depict scenes from every day life, and the three shaped stamps on the right depict the butterflies Papilio godeffroyi, Jamides bochus, and Vagrans egista.

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