The stamp comes from 6 values Insects
Characterised by metropolitan hustle
and bustle, Hong Kong is also blessed with a countryside rich in ecological
resources. This favourable habitat is home to a great variety of insects,
many of which are rare species. As a sequel to the first series titled
"Hong Kong Insects" launched on 16 July 2000, Hongkong Post releases special
stamps called "Hong Kong Insects II" to showcase six precious species found
in Hong Kong, with a view to enhancing the public's understanding of the
ecology of local insects and the importance of nature conservation.
$1.40 - Cosmoscarta bispecularis
| Spittle Bug
This brightly-coloured Spittle Bug
is largely tangerine red with different sized black dots seen on its pronotum
and wings. Some of these may join to form broad black bands, with the black
spots at the wing tips merging as well. It does not produce any sounds.
The adults can often be found between May and September, and, whilst mainly
inhabiting shrublands, this uncommon type of Spittle Bug tends to appear
in Tai Mo Shan and Ma On Shan as well.
$1.80 - Creobroter gemmata | Flower
Distinctive with its lime green
body, this medium-sized Flower Mantid has a pair of cone-shaped compound
eyes protruding upwards. Its forewings often bear large eye spots in the
middle and the strong, sickle-like front legs have serrated spines for
catching small insects. The adults can be found between June and November
each year across Hong Kong Island, the New Territories and the outlying
islands. This uncommon species may sit quietly on a branch and wait for
prey for several hours, making it difficult to discover.
$2.40 - Eristena species | Mangrove
Distinctive with alternate yellow
and white stripes all over, this Mangrove China-mark moth has rough scales
covering its head, filamentous antennae and triangular wings with tufts
of fine white hair along the trailing edge. Sightings have been recorded
at three coastal brackish mangrove sites in the eastern part of the New
Territories and Tung Chung. Scientific studies on the habits and characteristics
of this scarce species are not yet available.
$2.50 - Lamproptera curius | White
This White Dragontail is a medium-sized
butterfly with wings predominately black in colour. The forewings, with
transparent areas, have a triangular shape whilst the short, narrow hindwings
have a long tail that resembles that of a swallow. They can be found all
year around, most notably in May, October and November. Activities of this
local rare species are mainly confined to river or stream banks where host
plants such as Illigera grow. Their favourite spots are on Hong Kong Island
and Lantau Island, and in the New Territories.
$3 - Mortonagrion hirosei | Four-spot
Bearing four apple green spots on
the black back of its thorax, this Four-spot Midget damselfly has transparent
wings with brown pterostigmata (cells on the outer wings) at the tip. The
adults are active during April and September. Dwelling in brackish reedbeds,
mangroves and marshes with dense grass, especially in the northeast and
northwest of the New Territories, this attractive insect is categorised
as Near Threatened on the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the
International Union for Conservation of Nature.
$5 - Pteroptyx maipo | Hong Kong
This yellowish-orange Hong Kong
Bent-winged Firefly has a pair of large compound eyes and elytra (hardened
forewings) with dark-brown tips and a light organ in its abdomen which
can produce flashes. The adults are seen from April through September and
can be found in brackish mangrove wetlands, mainly along Deep Bay. Pteroptyx
maipo was first discovered in the Hong Kong Wetland Park in 2009, making
it not only a rare species locally, but also the first ever of its kind
in the world.
Photos supplied by: Mr. Ng Ka Ho
(Spittle Bug), Mr. Poon Hoi Keung (Flower Mantid) and Dr. Roger C. Kendrick
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