Royal Mail issued a collection of 10 stamps featuring butterflies. The delicate beauty of the featured Butterflies has been captured by wildlife artist Richard Lewington, creating ten lovely stamps. These fascinating creatures are barely larger than postage stamps in real life, making the Mint Stamps a delight for philatelists and lepidopterists alike.
The stamps feature:
Comma: with distinctively ragged wings and white "commas" beneath, it was once rare but now common.
Purple Emperor: the males of this elusive species have an electric purple sheen, which isn't present in females.
Orange-tip: males have bright orange wing-tips and wander through the countryside in search of a mate.
Marsh Fritillary: this attractive, chequered butterfly makes its home amidst damp meadows and flowery downland.
Chalkhill Blue: groups of milky blue males can often be seen feeding from deep purple flowers in high summer.
Red Admiral: an immigrant from warmer climes, this dazzling butterfly is drawn to equally colourful flowers.
Small Copper: males are surprisingly territorial, while females search for sorrel or dock on which to lay eggs.
Brimstone: one of the first butterflies of spring, its name is taken from the sulphur yellow of the male's wings.
Swallowtail: the UK’s largest species, it is most commonly found fluttering above reed beds and open water.
Marbled White: this sedentary butterfly is most commonly seen in high summer, soaking up the sun's rays.