April 12. Philippine Butterflies
APO Production Unit, Inc., Perf. 14 1/4
Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)
1p Arisbe decolor stratos
Original quantity: 2,500,000 plus additional
renegotiated quantity of 200,000, total of
Note: Design shows a butterfly
with a single antenna; also, yellow line above
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 are not only an important order of
insects confronting nature lovers, collectors and scientists with
innumerable unsolved problems, neither are they dangerous pests
threatening man's economy with great financial losses. Butterflies
are frequently his friends in the struggle to achieve harvest and,
if he takes the trouble to look closely, are often creatures of
unexpected beauty; the colors and forms of these living jewels are
magnificent. It will require more that ordinary skill for an artist
to reproduce the metallic shimmer of gloss sheen seen in some of the
tropical winged jewels. The satisfaction, excitement and delight of
the nature lover or the collector who discovers the rare species
which has eluded him, is beyond description.
The conservation of our wildlife and our butterflies
in particular, some of which are on the verge of extinction, is very
important and some thought should be given for its conservation. Let
us protect our forests.
Arisbe decolor stratos (Rothschild, 1895).
This remarkable fast flying black and white Papilio swallowtail
belongs to the antiphates group. The species can be found in
the island of Mindoro.