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Australian Postal Service 2003 Issue
Designed by Graeme Base, Melbourne

Bugs and Butterflies

The Australian Postal Service has issued a new miniature sheet that has six 50 cents stamps named "Bugs and Butterflies" on the 24th of September 2003. This new issue depicts three different butterfly stamps and three different bug stamps. Each is identified in the list below.
The mini-sheet also has other colorful creatures shown on it, but they are not easy to see. Try to find one of these hidden creatures: Birdwings butterfly, stick insect, ant, slater, weevil, moth, scorpion, cicada, lacewing, crane fly, centipede, mosquito and dragonfly. Had enough? Well don't get discourage because this sheet is shown at 65%.

(From left to right and top to bottom)

  • Ulysses butterfly
  • (Papilio ulysses joesa)
  • Leichhardt's grasshopper
  • (Petasida ephippigera)
  • Vedalia ladybird
  • (Rodolia cardinalis)
  • Green mantid
  • (Orthodera ministralis)
  • Emperor gum moth caterpillar
  • (Opodiphthera eucalypti)
  • Fiddler beetle
  • (Eupoecila australasiae)

The "Bugs and Butterflies" stamps can be purchased as a single stamp set, Miniature sheet, Collector pack, Booklet, FDC and other stamp variation. The size of each gummed stamp is 37.5mm x 26mm and the size of miniature sheet is 170mm x 80mm. The perforation size is 13.86 x 14.6. SNP Sprint will print these stamps using Tullis Russell gummed paper, JAC B100 for Self-adhesive booklets and JACB90 for Self-adhesive rolls.

Bugs and Butterflies FDC's

Bugs and Butterflies Stamp Pack

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