2010, March 29. Beetles of the
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of 16 (4 x 4); Souvenir
Sheets of 4
Blocks of Four (25,000)
7p Paraplectrone Crassa
Souvenir Sheets of Four (5,000)
7p Clerota rodriguerzi
7p Agestra antoinei
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,
Curculionidae (the weevils or snout beetles), also belongs to
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.