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Australia Cocos Islands Postal Services 2012 Issue
Design by Sharon Rodziewicz

Cocos Islands Butterflies

The Australia Cocos Islands Postal Service has issued four new stamps that have postage values of 60 cents and $1.20 named "Cocos Islands Butterflies" on the 2nd of August 2012. These new stamps depict 4 of the seven butterfly species found in the Cocoa Islands. They are the Varied Eggfly, Australian Painted Lady, Common Crow, and the Meadow Argus. Each are beautifully displayed in color with the flora found on the islands in the background. The orange flower is a Cordia subcordata and the yellow flower is a Wedelia trilobata. Butterflies are a unique species that use their antennae to smell and their legs to taste. They also have compound eyes (eyes with lots of facets gathered close together) and each separate facet sees a little part of what the butterfly is looking at. For those of you who are not familiar with the Cocos Islands. They are made up of twenty-seven islands formed from two atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

"Cocos Islands Butterflies" can be purchase as a set of four, Collector pack, Gutter Strip of 10 for each pair of stamps, and FDC. The size of each stamp is 37.5mm x 26mm with a perforation size of 13.86 x 14.86 using the 2cm reference. They were printed by RA Printing using the Lithography printing process with Tullis Russell paper.

Cocos Islands Butterflies FDC

Cocos Islands Butterflies Gutter Strip of 10

Cocos Islands Butterflies Stamp Pack

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