StampNews.com got to know that Aruba Post Office has released a new stamp issue featuring giant butterflies that are quite popular in this country. This set of stamp was designed by Adolfo Valbuena and is now available for purchasing.
Butterflies are part of the class of Insects in the order Lepidoptera. Moths are also included in this order. The group comprises the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). Other families within Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. Butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, 40-50 million years ago.
Attacus atlas / Atlas Moth
The Attacus atlas is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay Archipelago.
Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area, reaching upwards 400 cm2. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm. Females are appreciably larger and heavier than the males.
Papilio cresphontes / Giant Swallowtail
The Papilio cresphontes is a swallowtail butterfly common in various parts of North America and marginally into South America (Colombia and Venezuela only). In the United States and Canada it is mainly found in the south and east. With a wingspan of about 10-16 cm, it is the largest butterfly in Canada and the United States.