Gorgeous butterfly appeared on a new USA stamp issue

Gorgeous butterfly appeared on a new USA stamp issue
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StampNews.com hurries to inform that USA Post has released a special stamp that depicts the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tiger swallowtail rather than an exact replica. The issue was put into circulation on the 1st of June.

The Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is named for the black "tiger" stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings. Like others in the swallowtail family, Papilionidae, these butterflies have long tails on the tips of their hind wings. Males and some females are yellow with black stripes, with females having much more blue on the upper surface of the hind wings than the males. There is also a dark female morph or form. In the dark morph, the areas of the wing that are normally yellow are dark gray or black. This 2015 stamp illustrates a yellow morph female.

Nationally known artist Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

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