Se-tenant Blocks of Four (491,250)*
21p Cethosia biblis barangingi
21p Menalaides polytes ledebouria
21p Appias nero palawanica
21p Udara tyotaroi
Original quantity: 375,000 B/4 plus additional printing of 93,750 and
renegotiated quantity of 22,500, total of 491,250 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
A veritable paradise for butterfly collectors and nature-lovers, the
PHILIPPINES is home to all the families of Rhopalocera (butterfly)
in the IndoAustralian region. Be one a collector, a nature-lover, a
scientist.... in pursuit of his calling or a captive adventurer
driven by the spirit of chase, one will encounter, to his
satisfaction and delight, the numerous species found throughout the
The epitome of aerial freedom, able to move through our natural world in
three dimensions, and mysterious in their fantastic transformations
from one stage of their life cycle to the next, butterflies are
truly creatures of wonder. Dig into their world, explore their
fascinating adaptations and natural history, and see what attracts
people from all walks of life to these winged jewels.
Cethosia biblis barangingi (Tsukafa, 1985). Inhabits southernmost Philippines: Bongao, Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi
and Jolo. The intense bright red-orange color of the wings in flight
makes this species one of the most attractive butterflies.
Menalaides polytes ledebouria (Escsholtz, 1821). Common once upon a time but now uncommon perhaps due to
progress. The butterfly can be seen all year round and is
distributed throughout the archipelago. Can be found around human
habitations and also thrives in secondary forests.
Appias hero palawanica (Staudinger, 1889). A popular orange pierid butterfly distributed in the Chinese
peninsula to Sundaland and the Philippines. Subspecies A. n.
palawanica can be found in Palawan. The female has three forms-
orange, yellow and white discal band on its wings.
Udara tyotaroi (Eliot & Kawazoe, 1983). Found only in the high altitude areas of Mt. Apo, Southern
Mindanao. This tiny butterfly belongs to the Lycaenidae family,
commonly known as hairstreaks, pearls or blues, due to the metallic
iridiscent light to dark blue color sheen.