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Protected insects of Hungary

Protected insects of Hungary
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StampNews.com is glad to inform that Hungary Post has prepared a new stamp issue with a theme "Insects". This stamp issue consists of four stamps that were released on the 9th of September. In this issue such insects were presented: the Green Hawker is shown on a numbered stamp block, while the Dendroleon pantherinus, the mantidfly, the Carabus auronitens and the Stilbium cyanurum are shown on the denominations of a set of stamps.

Among other patterns the wings of the Dendroleon pantherinus are also decorated with peacock pattern. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful domestic species. Its larvae develop in the holes of decaying trees where they feed on other insects. It is a protected species in Hungary.

The mantidfly (Mantispa styriaca) first of all lives in oak forests in Hungary. It is a predatory insect, which is easy to recognize by its characteristic front legs. Its wings are transparent like glass and wide-veined, and it has a yellowish brown colour with dark brown patterns. It feeds on different types of flies, which it catches from ambush, with a rapid movement of its front legs. It is a protected species in Hungary.

The Carabus auronitensis present in Hungary typically in the mountainous region along the western country border. Both the adult insect and its larvae hunt in the undergrowth mainly for snails, worms and earthworms. It hunts mostly at night, and during the day it hides among stones or under plants. It is a protected species in Hungary.

The Stilbum cyanurum is the largest species in the family of cuckoo wasps (Chrysididae) living on the European continent, its size can vary between 9-14 mm. It glitters like a flying gemstone as it flickers around the nests of mud daubers built in sunburnt loess walls. First it softens the hard mud cells of mud daubers, and then, using its telescopic ovipositor it lowers its egg into the larva of the host animal. It is a protected species in Hungary.

The Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) lives in the north-east regions of Hungary. First of all it has significant breeding colonies at standing waters populated with water soldiers (Statiotes aloides). It grows to about 7 cm long. Due to the fact that it is active at dusk and in the evening, it has especially big eyes. It appears at the beginning of July, in warmer periods it comes out only at dusk and is still around flying when it gets completely dark. In the autumn it can be seen during the day too. It is specially protected in Hungary.

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