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Alderney Postal Services 2013 Issue
Design by Petula Stone

Alderney Beetles

The Alderney Postal Service will issue six new stamps that have postage values of 39p, 52p, 53p, 59p, 69p and 74p named "Alderney Beetles" on the 20th of February 2013. These six stamps depict the various types of beetles found in Alderney. Although this is a small portion of the beetles found in Alderney, they depict two species that are of particular interest. The oil (Meloe genus) and the burying(Nicrophorus genus) species.

The oil beetle digs burrows and lays her eggs near vegetation. Once they hatch the newborns crawl up onto a flower head and wait for a bee. When a bee flies buy the beetle jumps on the back of the bee and waits until the bee reaches it nest. Once in the nest the beetle eats the eggs, nectar and pollen the bee's produce.
The burying beetle lives on dead animal and uses its large antennae to find them. Once found, it digs a hole under the carcass and buries the animal. When the burial is complete. The beetle lays her eggs in the soil nearby where they hatch in only a few days and feed off the carcass.

"Alderney Beetles" stamps can be purchase as a set of six, Sheets of 10, Souvenir Sheet Presentation Pack, or FDC's. The size of the stamps is 30.56mm x 38mm with a perforation size of 13.75 using the 2cm reference. The stamps will be printed by BDT International using the offset Lithography printing method with 110gms unwatermark PVA adhesive paper.

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