Dragonfly Stamps

2010 Alderney, Alderney Dragonflies 


Date of Issue:
25 February, 2010
Designer:
Petula Stone
Size:
38 x 30.56 mm
Perforation:
13 3/4
Printing Process:
offset 
Format:
sheet of 10
Miniature sheetlet of 6 designs
Printer:
BDT International
Face V.
Design
Quantity
36 p
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) 
N/A
45 p
The Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) 
N/A
56 p
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) 
N/A
66 p
Brown Hawker (Aeschna grandis)
N/A
75 p
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) 
N/A
83 p
Red Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) 
N/A
Miniature sheetlet
N/A

The Stamps

The species featured on the stamps are as follows:

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum (36p): 
a resident species which most of us in the British Isles have probably seen, had we but known it.

The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator (45p): 
with its vivid blue body, one of the largest of British species, and a powerful, vigorous hunter.

The Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans (56p): 
another colourful character which, perfectly at home in Alderney, can also be found as far away as the Middle East, Russia and even China.

The Brown Hawker, Aeschna grandis (66p): 
not resident but probably a visitor from France.

The Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum (75p): 
a local, the males of the species selecting territories up to 50 metres long and patrolling them tirelessly.

The Red Veined Darter, Sympetrum fonscolombii (83p): 
a rare visitor, spotted in both 2006 and 2007, fuelling speculation that it was breeding at Mannez.

Fact: the largest dragonfly fossil had a wingspan of nearly three feet, making it the largest flying insect ever recorded.
 


The Sheet
The Stamps issued in sheet of 10 (2 x 5) stamps

The Minature Sheetlet

The FDC

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