Se-tenant Blocks of Four
22p Parantica Noeli
22p Chilesa osmana osmana
22p Graphium sandawanum joreli
22p Papilio xuthus benguetanus
Original quantity is 500,000 B/4 - plus with additional printings and
renegotiated quantity of 745,000 B/4: total of 1,245,000 B/4.
Photographer: Catherine Grace Tan
Graphic Artist: Hans Lerwyn Villarica
Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Designs: From the collection of Justin "Tiny" Nuyda
First Day Covers: Manila
Butterflies fascinate nature-lovers and experts alike. People of all
ages around the world enjoy writing essays and poems, photographing
them and even pursuing them. Stories, tales, dreams, traditions and
myths refer to butterflies as symbols of happiness, death, freedom
and the flights of fancy.
The Philippines is one
of the countries in the world that ranks high in the diversity of
more than 1,700 species and subspecies of butterflies. This makes
our country an important haven for these winged jewels. This also
makes the task of butterfly conservation all the more urgent here in
our country. In the William's Worldmap Computer Program, Philippine
butterflies play an important role in the evaluation of the
diversity of the subspecies, species and genera.
- One of the most significant finds of the decade, this new species
is one of the most striking Danaid butterflies among its associates,
which can be attributed to the defined contrast of very rich dark
brown and deep greenish yellow coloration of the wings. It is
endemic to the Philippines and can only be found at a high altitude
on Mt. Halbon in Mindoro.
osmana - One of the rarest papilio butterflies in the
Philippines. It can be found in lowland primary and secondary
forests in Leyte and Mindanao. Its life cycle is still unknown.
sandawanum joreli - A graphium recently described by Justin
Nuyda. This butterfly can be found at high altitude on Mt. Kitanlad
Papilio xuthus benguetanus - A high altitude
butterfly described in 1923 and can be found in the highlands of
Northern Luzon. This buttrefly is a strong living proof that
Northern Philippines was once connected to Mainland China.