Dragonfly Stamps

2013 Jersey, Dragonflies & Damselflies 


Date of Issue:
4 July 2013
Illustrator:
Lizzie Harper 
Format:
Sheet of 10
Printer:
Jon Enschade
Face V.
Design
Quantity
45 p
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
N/A
55 p
Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)
N/A
60 p
Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum)
N/A
68 p
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
N/A
80 p
Willow Emerald Damselfly (Lestes viridis)
N/A
88 p
Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea)
N/A

The Stamp

Six stamps featuring dragonflies and damselflies native to Jersey were issued by Jersey Post on 4 July 2013. The stamps have been produced to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) and have been painted by natural history illustrator, Lizzie Harper.

The aim of the society is to promote and encourage the study and conservation of Odonata and their natural habitats and Jersey is home to several striking species that can be seen from early spring until late summer around woodland streams, ponds and reservoirs.

Members of the BDS were already aware of Lizzie Harper's work as she is a prolific artist who has been commissioned by many high-profile clients including National Geographic Magazine, London Zoo, Cambridge University Press and BBC Books. This is her third commission for Jersey Post following Roses in 2010 and Europa - Forests in 2011.

The six stamps feature the following dragonflies and damselflies:

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

This large damselfly favours stony-bottomed streams and is on the wing from spring until late summer. Males are unmistakable with a dark, iridescent blue abdomen and brownish-blue wings. The brown-and-green-coloured females often perch away from water, blending in with vegetation.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)

One of Jersey's largest species, this dragonfly flies from late spring to late summer, usually hawking over streams. It often allows a close approach while perched on bushes and other vegetation. Both male and female are distinctively coloured with a black abdomen horizontally banded with yellow.

Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum)

This small damselfly was recorded in Jersey in 1940 and 1941 and was not seen again until 2009. Rare in Britain, it had been extinct there since 1953 until its reappearance in 2010. Its abdomen is blue with variable black markings and it flies from late spring to midsummer, frequenting streams and damp meadows.

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

This is one of the earliest damselflies to emerge and it flies from early spring to late summer. The male's slim abdomen is scarlet with black markings, brighter than the female’s. Widespread across Jersey, it can usually be seen amongst waterside vegetation at the edge of ponds and other still water.

Willow Emerald Damselfly (Lestes viridis)

This damselfly, only recently recorded in Britain, was first seen in Jersey 60 or 70 years ago and is now widespread. It can be seen on waterside bushes and trees from June to October. Unlike other British damselflies, it lays its eggs under thin bark on fresh twigs overhanging water.

Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea)

Rare in Jersey and Britain, this migrant dragonfly was only recorded in Jersey in 1944 and 1945 until recent years. It usually perches on tall waterside vegetation or on open ground, sometimes away from water. The male's broad, bright scarlet abdomen is unmistakable; the female's is slighter and yellowish-brown.

 


The Stamp Sheet

The stamps are issued in sheet of 10 stamps.

The FDC

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