Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2006






2006, April 28.  Philippine Butterflies - Definitives

Litho Offset.  APO Production Unit, Inc., Perf 14 1/4

Singles;  Se-tenant Blocks of 10,  Sheets of 100 (10 x 10);




  1p  Arisbe decolorstratos   -  Singles  (6,086,000)*


Se-tenant Block of 10  (2,293,000)**

   7p  Hebemoia glaucippe philippensis

   7p  Moduza urdaneta aynii

   7p  Lexias satrapes hiwaga

   7p  Cheritra orpheus

   7p  Achillides chikae chikae  

   7p  Arisbe ideaoides ideaoides  

   7p  Delias schoenigi hermeli

   7p  Achillides palinurus daedalus

   7p  Delias levicki justini

   7p  Troidaes magellanus


Original quantity is 3,000,000 plus additional printings of 2,750,000 and renegotiated quantity of 336,000.


**  Original quantity is 650,000 B/10 plus additional printings of 1,500,000 and renegotiated quantity of 143,000.


Photographer:  Catherine Grace Tan

Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Designs:  Philippine butterflies from the collection of Justin "Tiny" Nuyda

Note:  The Philippine Postal Corporation will continue its Philippine butterflies definitive series with new stamps dated "2006". These are needed for the postage rates hike due to increase in handling costs and the inclusion of value added tax (VAT).  Most of the stamps in this new series will be modified versions of the definitives issued in 2005. The colored ring behind each butterfly will be removed. The P7.00 stamps will not have any background color, while the rest will have the entire background in one color and with a fainter outline around each butterfly. The first part of this "2006" series includes a single P1.00 stamp (for make-up rate) and a block of ten P7.00 stamps since the local rate was increased from P6.00 to P7.00 starting January 16, 2006

First Day Covers:  Manila



Arisbe decolorstratos (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.

Hebemoia glaucippe philippensis (Wallace, 1893).  The largest butterfly in the Pieridae family. The overall color is white, occasionally with yellow tinge. The bright orange triangular marking on the apical forewing is very striking, thus it is given the common name "orange tip".

Moduza urdaneta aynii (J. Nuyda 1993).  Recently discovered new nymphalid subspecies from Camiguin Island, Babuyanes Group, Northern Luzon. A fast flying butterfly that can be found only in forested areas.

Lexias satrapes hiwaga (J. Nuyda & Kawamura 1989).  Considered as one of the most beautiful diurnal butterfly in Southeast Asia. A luminous purple blue band on the hind wing with white spot markings on the upper  forewing accents this butterfly.

Cheritra orpheus (C. & R. Felder 1862).  This butterfly belongs to the Lycaenidae family. Popularly known as the "golden-tailed hairstreak" due to the golden metallic color and long hair-like tails.

Achillides chikae chikae (Igarashi 1965).  Category 1 on the list of CITIES as one of the most endangered species in the world. Habitat: Mountain Province, Northern Luzon.

Arisbe ideaoides ideaoides (Hewitson 1855). National butterfly of the Philippines. This rare mimetic butterfly is endemic only to the Philippines.

Delias schoenigi hermeli (Samusawa & Kawamura 1988).  A high altitude butterfly found in Mt. Kitanlad, Bukidnon, Mindanao.

Achillides palinurus daedalus (Felder & Felder 1862).  More known as the "green rhapsody".  The green metallic sheen color gives a semblance of a symphony. while in flight.

Delias levicki justini (Kawamura 1988).  Named after the butterfly collector Justin Nuyda. Can be found at high altitude. Endemic to the mountains of Mindanao.

Troidaes magellanus (C. d R. Felder 1862).  One of the largest butterflies in the Philippines and classified as a bird wing.  Category no. 3 to the CITES list of endangered species.




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Issues of 2006