Things that sting – upcoming stamp issue of Australia Post

Things that sting – upcoming stamp issue of Australia Post
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StampNews.com got to know that Australian Post is to issue a special set of stamps depicting insects, reptiles and fish that sting. The set consists of six stamps, special minisheet and sheetlet. These stamps will be issued on the 23d of September.

Australia has numerous insects and animals that sting or bite as a form of defense. Some are extremely dangerous and can be fatal for humans, while others, despite their painful stings, rarely inflict serious damage. This stamp issue features insects, reptiles and fish that can pack a painful punch if disturbed or threatened.

About the size of a honey bee, the European Wasp (Vespula germanica) is an introduced species to Australia where it is considered a pest. It probably arrived by hitching rides on boats and planes. There have been no human deaths recorded in Australia as a result of being stung by the European Wasp.

Bull ants (genus Myrmecia) are alert ants that can grow up to 40mm and have characteristic large eyes, long slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. There are about 90 species of bull ant in Australia. They collect plant nectar, other juices as well as animal prey.

The Tiger Snake (genus Notechis) is found in two broad areas: south-eastern Australia (including the islands of Bass Strait and Tasmania), and south-western Australia. The snake's toxic venom makes it extremely dangerous to humans and so any contact should be avoided. Anyone bitten by a tiger snake should seek medical attention immediately.

The Lionfish (Common Lionfish Pterois volitans) is found throughout the world’s tropical and temperate oceans. In Australia the Common Lionfish is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the southern coast of New South Wales. Small groups will often hunt cooperatively.

The Stonefish (Reef Stonefish Synanceia verrucosa) is distributed throughout tropical, marine waters of the Indo-Pacific and in Australia it is recorded from the Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales. It eats fishes and crustaceans, usually waiting for prey to swim past, then striking with incredible speed.

The Stingray (Bluespotted Fantail Ray Taeniura lymna) is found worldwide in marine, brackish and fresh-water habitats. There are about 80 species in this large family (Dasyatidae). In most species the tail is long and thin, and usually armed with one or two very sharp, barbed, venomous spines.

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