2006, June 7: Se-tenant Blocks of 4: 965,000*
Charaxes bajula adoracion
Tanaecia calliphorus calliphorus
* Original quantity: 375,000
B/4 plus additional printing of 562,500 and renegotiated quantity of
27,500, total of 965,000 B/4.
2006, June 9: Se-tenant Blocks of 4: 907,500**
26p Parantica noeli
26p Chilasa osmana osmana
26p Graphlum sandawanum joreli
26p Papilio xuthus benguetanus
** Original quantity: 687,500 B/4
plus additional printing of 187,500 and renegotiated quantity of
32,500, total of 907,500.
2006, June 15: Se-tenant Blocks of 4: 897,500***
24p Cethosia biblis barangingi
24p Menalaides polytes
24p Appian Hero palawanica
24p Udara tyotaroi
625,000 B/4 plus additional printing of 250,000 and renegotiated
22,500, total of 897,500 B/4.
Ngo Tiong Tak
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" for use on international mails. Due to the increase imposed
by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on terminal dues, increase in
special drawing right (SDR) conversion rate, increase in domestic
cost and the imposition of the 12% value added tax (VAT), the
international postage rates were increased effective March 6, 2006.
All of the 12 stamps are modified version of the definitives issued
in 2005. Each of the three blocks of four is denominated in the new
rates to zones 1, 2 and 3 and they take on the butterflies each
block is suppose to replace. Therefore the four P20.00 stamps
featured the same butterflies that appeared on the P17.00 stamps;
the four P24.00 stamps show the butterflies from the P21.00 stamps;
and the four P26.00 stamps depict the butterflies featured on the
P22.00 stamps before.
First Day Covers: Manila
20p Idea electra electra (Semper, 1878).
A unique species confined to Mindanao. Popularly known as the
"Dragonfly Idea" due to the appearance of the males' elongated
forewings and extra long abdomen.
20p Charaxes bajula
adoracion (Schroeder & Treadaway, 1982). Uncommon nymphalid
species found in Northern and Central Luzon. The butterfly was named
after writer Adoracion Gaskell Nuyda for her contributions on
20p Tanaecia calliphorus
calliphorus (Felder, 1864). Inhabits forested undergrowth
areas and can be found in Luzon, Marinduque and Polilio Island. Can
easily be recognized by the iridiscent blue band on its wings.
20p Trogonoptera (Honrath, 1886). This
butterfly is an endemic species in Palawan, where it replaces
Trogonoptera brookiana in the rest of Sundaland. Trogonoptera
trojana is considered one of the most beautiful oriental
26p Parantica noeli. One of the
most significant finds of the decade, this new species is one of the
most striking Danaid butterflies.
26p Chilasa osmana osmana.
An extremely rare swallowtail from Southern Leyte and North-eastern
Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. A relatively large tailless
butterfly belonging to the veiouis species-group.
26p Graphlum sandawanum joreli.
The Apo Swallowtail (Graphium sandawanum) is a species of butterfly
in the Papilionidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines. This
butterfly can be found at high altitude on Mt. Kitanlad in Bukidnon.
26p Papilio xuthus benguetanus.
A butterfly which may be locally common, but has a very
restricted distribution within the Cordillera Central of Northern
Luzon. A lovely butterfly with short tails and a forewing length of
44-48 mm. The sexes are similar in appearance, with the female
24p 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
24p 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.
24p Appian 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 distal band on its wings.
24p 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