Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2006








2006, May 10.  Philippine Butterflies - Definitives

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

Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)




  2p  Arhopala anthelus impar - Singles   (3,190,000)*

  5p  Parantica danatti danatti  - Singles   (4,410,000) **


Original quantity is 2,000,000 plus additional printing of 1,000,000 and renegotiated quantity of 190,000.


**  Original quantity is 2,500,000 plus additional printing of 1,500,000 and renegotiated quantity of 410,000.


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 two new stamps dated 2006 for use as make-up rates necessitated by the increase in local postage rates effective January 16, 2006.  The P2.00 is a new value in the definitive series, and features a new butterfly.  The P5.00 stamps is a modified version of the previous P5.00 stamp).


First Day Covers:  Manila




Arhopala anthelus impar.  "Arhopala" is a very large genus of gossamer-winged butterflies Lycaenidae. They are the type genus of the tribe Arhopalini. It contains over 200 species collectively known as oakblues. They occur from Japan throughout temperate to tropical Asia south and east of the Himalayas to Australia and the Solomon Islands of Melanesia. Like in many of their relatives, their caterpillars are attended and protected by ants; sexual dichromatism is often prominent in adult oakblues.

Parantica danatti danatti.  This species inhabits forested areas at high elevations in Mindanao, 1200 up to 2000 meters. Range: S.E. Mindanao (Mt. Apo, etc.)




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Issues of 2006