Dragonfly Stamps

2009 Ireland, Fauna & Flora - Dragonflies



 
Date of Issue:
16 October, 2009
Illustation:
Ian Loe 
Typography & Layout:
Wendy WIlliams
Size:
29.79 x 40.64 mm / 40.64 x 29.79 mm
150 x 65 mm (Souvenir Sheetlet)
Perforation:
14 x 15 / 15 x 14
Printing Process:
Lithography
Format:
Sheet of 16
Souvenir Sheetlet of 1 design
Printer:
Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.

 
Face V.
Design
Quantity
55 c
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
334,000
55 c
Irish Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
334,000
82 c
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
260,000
95 c
Souvenir Sheetlet
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) 
20,000

The Stamps

Until recently, naturalists recognised eleven examples of the Odonata suborder, Anisoptera, or true dragonfly, and another eleven Zygoptera, or damselfly. Recently, there have been at least two additional permanent residents, the splendid blue-and-green Emperor Dragonfly or Anax imperator; and the Migrant Hawker or Aeshna mixta, with its unusual black-and-blue abdomen.

Several examples are known as 'hawkers' for their habit of swooping down like hawks to scoop up their prey, usually flies and other small insects. Many are splendidly coloured, inspiring craftspeople from the Art Deco period to incorporate their slim line form into stained-glass lampshades and items of adornment.

The stamps show several different species; the Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum, the Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, the Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens and the Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula.
 


The Souvenir Sheetlet

The Stamp Sheet

The stamps issued in sheet of 16, the two 55c stamps are printed se-tenent.

The FDC

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