Dragonfly Stamps

2012 Aland, Southern Hawker and Ruddy Darter

Date of Issue:
4 June, 2012
Torbjorn Ostman
36,5 x 31,92 mm
Printing Process:
5-color offset
sheet of 30 (2x15 with gutter)
Face V.
Lokalpost (0,75 €)
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Europa (0,95 €)
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

The Stamps

The set of two stamps present the Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) and the Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

the Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) derives its name from the vivid red colour of the male's abdomen. The all-black legs of the Ruddy Darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar brickred Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum). It attains a wingspan of up to 60 mm, the back wing measuring 23 to 29 mm, while the abdomen measures 24 to 29 mm. The wings are transparent with a pterostigma which is lighter brownish-red along the edges and has a dark centre. The Ruddy Darter is to be found throughout Europe as far south as northern Africa and as far east as Siberia.

A male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) can be distinguished by the darker colour of its abdomen and the green spots and blue markings in a mosaic pattern on its lower abdomen. It has a wingspan of up to 95 mm and the body grows as long as 51 to 60 mm. The transparent wings have a russet pterostigma. Found in large parts of Europe, the Southern Hawker can also be seen in northern Africa and the western parts of Asia.

The Sheet

The gutter lines of the sheets

The stamps issued in sheet of 30 (3 x 5 + gutter + 3 x 5).

The FDC and Special Postmark
FDC and first day cancel on the stamps issuing day.

The Maximum Card and Special Postmark

Set of two maximum cards, showing the same dragonflies from a different angle than those depicted on the stamps, is appeared on the day of issue. The special cancel shows several dragonflies swarming.

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