Dragonfly Stamps

2009 Portugal Azores, Biodiversity - Lagoon Azores

Date of Issue:
22 April 2009
40 x 30.6 mm
Sheet of 50
Cartor Security Printers
Face V.
0.80 €
Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

The Stamp

The stamp comes from 4 values issue, the set also includes 2 Souvonir sheets each with 1 design.

This issue, with a regional theme from the Azores, publicises some of the lakes of the archipelago: Lagoa Comprida (Flores Island), Lagoa do Caldeirao (Corvo), Lagoa do Capitao (Pico), Lagoinha (Terceira), Lagoa da Faja de Santo Cristo (Sao Jorge) and Lagoa das Furnas (Sao Miguel). By depicting the natural environment of these six lakes, the issue also evokes the plant and animal communities of the surrounding areas. The Azores juniper (Juniperus brevifolia) and the ivy (Hedera azorica) represent the flora. For the local fauna appear the woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), the brown butterfly (Hipparchia azorina) and the dragonfly (Anax imperator), the tufted duck (Aythya ferina), the common teal (Anas crecca), the capped heron (Ardea cinerea) and the rosy tern (Sterna dougallii), besides the clam (Ruditapes decussatus), the famous Faja de Santo Cristo clam, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and the tessellate moray (Muraena helena).

Through their natural beauty, the lakes on the Azores have contributed substantially for the archipelago to be considered, by international sustained tourism, as the second-best group of islands in the world. In fact, from the geological, biological and economic point of view, the lakes represent an important heritage that should be protected. They are fundamental, for instance, for the water cycle, for balancing the landscape and for the Atlantic routes of migratory birds. By selecting these six lakes on the Azores as philatelic theme, the Portuguese Post Office (CTT Correios de Portugal) aim to underline some of the features of the surrounding biodiversity.

This issue is the result of a protocol signed between the Portuguese Post Office and the Institute of Nature and Biodiversity Conservation, and follows the company desire to contribute to the major European objective of "stopping biodiversity loss before 2010".

The Stamp Booklet

The set of stamps is also presented in Prestige Booklet, four booklet panes containing all 4 values and 2 Souvonir Sheet. 

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