Dragonfly Stamps

2001 Malta, Europa - Pond Lifes

Date of Issue:
23 May 2001
Travor Zahra
46 x 27.32 mm
Printing Process:
Sheet of 10
Bundesdruckerei GmbH
Face V.
46 c
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii Mazzarell Ahmar)

The Stamp

The stamps come from 2 designs Pond Lifes Issue, the 2001 Europa Concept.


Water is the source of life. It not only supports life hidden within it, but it also attracts many others towards it. Whether it is a large expanse of water, for example the sea, or a river or a lake, or whether it is just a rock pool, one is sure to find natural treasures associated with the water. Despite the fact that the Maltese islands are small, and there are no rivers or lakes, the numerous rock pools or running water also offer adequate habitat for species which are adapted to such conditions. Two of the most common and popular species found in the Maltese islands are the frog and the dragonfly.

Dragonflies can be found in the vicinity of fresh water, be it a pond, a cistern, or just a pool. They are colourful insects, and spend much of their time on the wing either hunting smaller insects in flight, or else courting. They lay their eggs in the water and the first few days of the nymph which hatches from the egg are also spent in the water until the time comes for it to climb out of this element and change into a mature adult dragonfly. Eleven different species of dragonflies are recorded in the Maltese islands. Some are very common, others are not so common, and there are also two migratory species. One of the most common dragonflies is the Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii Mazzarell Ahmar), with a long slender red abdomen reaching up to 40mm. The Red-veined Darter can also be met with some distance away from water sources.

The Stamp Sheet

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