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2006, December 21 (27).  Philippine Butterflies - Definitives

Litho Offset.  Amstar Co. Inc., Perf 13 1/2

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)



Se-tenant Blocks of 4    (500,000)


    20p  Idea electra electra

    20p  Charaxes bajula adoracon

    20p  Tanaecia calliphorus calliphorus

    20p  Trogonoptera


Se-tenant Blocks of 4   (375,000)


    24p  Cethosia biblis barangingi

    24p  Menalaides polytes ledebouria

    24p  Appian Hero palawanica

    24p  Udara tyotaroi


Se-tenant Blocks of 4    (437,500)


    26p  Parantica noeli

    26p  Chilasa osmana osmana

    26p  Graphlum sandawanum joreli

    26p  Papilio xuthus benguetanus


Photographer:  Catherine Grace Tan

Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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



Note.  First Day Cover cancels were erroneously made with a December 27 date instead of December 21;  rather than correct the error, it was decided to let it stand as First Day Covers were already made and sold with the wrong date.


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 pro-environment articles.

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 iridescent  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 butterflies.

24p Cethosia biblis barangingi (Tsukaf, 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. 

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 as hairstreaks, pearls or blues, due to the metallic  iridescent  light to dark blue color sheen.

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 slightly larger.




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Articles by Dr. Ngo TiongTak



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