Saturday, December 24, 2011

Garden Life


On May 28, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 12 new stamps featuring species of garden life. There are fauna and flora which usually found in the garden.
Top of row  depicts species Great Eggfly, Passion Flower, Lady bug and Emperor dragonfly.
The stamp US$ .44 - Great Eggfly
The Great Eggfly or Hypolimnas bolina, is a species of nymphalid butterfly and  found in Madagascar in the west, through to South and Southeast Asia, South Pacific islands The Great Eggfly has distinctive appearance as a black-bodied butterfly with a wingspan of about 70–85 millimetres .It  has a high degree of sexual dimorphism. The female is mimetic with multiple morphs.The Great Eggfly is a fairly common butterfly found in lightly wooded country, deciduous forests, thick and moist scrub and the greener parts of human habitation.
The stamp US$ .44 - Passion Flower
The Passion Flowers or passion vines, Passiflora, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae.It is found worldwide, except Antarctica. The Passion Flowers are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous.The passion flowers have a unique structure, which in most cases requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. Passiflora species are important sources of nectar for many insects.
The stamp US$ .44 - Ladybug
Lady bug or Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, some parts of Canada and the US), or ladybugs (North America).They are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae.
The stamp US$ .44-Emperor Dragonfly
The Emperor Dragonfly or Blue Emperor or Anax imperator, is a large and powerful species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 millimetres  in length. It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.This powerful dragonfly is one of the largest species in Europe.
Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax. Females have a green thorax and abdomen. The male is highly territorial, and difficult to approach.  They frequently fly high up into the sky in search of prey, which includes butterflies, Four-spotted Chasers and tadpoles; small prey is eaten on the wing. The females lay the eggs into plants such as pondweed, and always lay alone.

The middle of row depicts species Sweet white violet, Magpie Moth, Bluets, and Katydid.
The stamp US$ .44-Sweet White Violet
Viola blanda (Sweet white violet) is a flowering perennial plant in the Violet family (Violaceae).It is native to parts of eastern and western Canada and the North-eastern, North-central, and South-eastern United States.
The stamp US$ .44 - Magpie Moth
Magpie Moth or Abraxas grossulariata is a moth of the family Geometridae, native to Europe and North America. Its distinctive speckled colouration has given it a common name of Magpie Moth. The caterpillar is similarly coloured to the adult, and may be found feeding on the leaves of shrubs such as gooseberry. The length of the forewing is 18–25 mm.
The stamp US$ .44 - Bluets
Houstonia caerulea  or Azure Bluet, is a perennial ornamental plant in the Rubiaceae family. Bluets are ideal in a rock garden. Leaves are 1/4 in. oval shaped and flowers are not much larger.Rocky pastures are the best areas to locate Bluets.Houstonia caerulea produces showy flowers approximately 1 cm across. These flowers are four-part with pale blue petals and a yellow center. The foliage is a basal rosette. Stems are up to 20 cm tall with one flower per stalk. It thrives in moist acidic soils in shady areas, growing especially well among grasses.
The stamp US$ .44-Katydid
Katydid or Long-horned grasshoppers  or Bush-crickets is  insect as  member of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea that contains more than 6,400 species. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves. The diet of tettigoniids includes leaves, flowers, bark, and seeds, but many species are exclusively predatory, feeding on other insects, snails or even small vertebrates such as snakes and lizards. 
The bottom of row depicts the species Painted lady, Bumblebee, Stag Bettle, and Large tortoiseshell
The stamp US$ .44 - Painted Lady
The Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5–9 cm) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.
The stamp US$ .44 - Bumblebee
A bumble bee (also spelled as bumblebee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. There are over 250 known species, existing primarily in the Northern Hemisphere although they are common in New Zealand and Tasmania. Bumble bees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands.
Bumble bees generally visit flowers exhibiting the bee pollination syndrome. They can visit patches of flowers up to 1–2 kilometres from their colony.Bumble bees will also tend to visit the same patches of flowers every day, as long as they continue to find nectar and pollen, a habit known as pollinator or flower constancy.
The stamp US$ .44 - Stag Beetle
Stag beetles are a group of about 1,200 species of beetle in the family Lucanidae, presently classified in four subfamilies. Some species grow up to over 12 cm , but most are about 5 cm.
The stamp US$ .44 - Large Tortoiseshell
The Large Tortoiseshell  or called Nymphalis polychloros is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. In late February or early March the butterflies emerge and mate. The females lay their pale green eggs (ova) in a continuous band around the upper twigs of Elm (Ulmus spp.) or Sallow (Salix caprea) trees. The caterpillars (larvae) are gregarious, and systematically strip the topmost twigs of the tree bare.
They seem to have little defence against predation by birds. It is possible that their decline and extinction in the British Isles (late 1970s) was due to the loss of predatory birds, which previously had preyed upon smaller birds if they strayed to the tops of these trees.

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