Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History


RP Issues of 2010










2010, March 29. Beetles of the Philippines

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Blocks of 4,  Miniature Sheets of 16 (4 x 4);  Souvenir Sheets of 4


Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (25,000)

   7p   Agestra Luconia

   7p   Glycyphana

   7p  Paraplectrone Crassa

   7p  Astrea


Souvenir Sheets of Four  (5,000)

   7p   Agestra Semperi

   7p   Heterorhina (Heterorhina)

   7p  Clerota rodriguerzi

   7p  Agestra antoinei



Designers:   Victorino Z. Serevo; Darwin Marfil

Graphic Artist:  Jiomer Dacaymat

Source:  National Museum, Venancio U. Samarita, Chief, Entomology Section, Zoology Division


First Day Covers:  Manila





Beetles are insects of the order Coleoptera  which contains more species than any other order in the animal kingdom, constituting about 25% of all known life-forms. About 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species]), and new species are discovered frequently. Some estimates put the total number of species, described and un-described, at as high as 100 million, but 1 million is a more likely figure.  The largest taxonomic family, the Curculionidae (the weevils or snout beetles), also belongs to this order.

Beetles can be found in almost all habitats, but are not known to occur in the sea or in the polar regions. They interact with their ecosystems in several ways. They often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are prey of various animals including birds and mammals. (





  • Insects

  • Animals


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


Back to the Top


Issues of 2010