Arisbe decolor stratos (Rothschild, 1895)
This remarkable fast flying black and white Papilio swallowtail belongs to the antiphates group. The species can be found in the island of Mindoro.
Hebemoia glaucippe philippensis (Wallace, 1893)
The largest butterfly in the Pieridae family. The overall color is white, occasionally with yellow tinge. The bright orange triangular marking on the apical forewing is very striking, thus it is given the common name "orange tip".
Moduza urdaneta aynii (J. Nuyda 1993)
Recently discovered new nymphalid subspecies from Camiguin Island, Babuyanes Group, Northern Luzon. A fast flying butterfly that can be found only in forested areas.
Lexias sarrapes fif'waga (J. Nuyda & Kawamura 1989)
Considered as one of the most beautiful diurnal butterfly in Southeast Asia. A luminous purple blue band on the hind wing with white spot markings on the upper forewing accents this butterfly.
Cheritra orpheus (C. & R. Felder 1862)
This butterfly belongs to the Lycaenidae family. Popularly known as the "golden-tailed hairstreak" due to the golden metallic color and long hair-like tails.
The Philippine Postal Corporation will continue its Philippine butterflies definitive series with new stamps dated "2006". These are needed for the postage rates hike due to increase in handling costs and the inclusion of value added tax (VAT).
The Philippine Postal Corporation will continue its Philippine butterflies definitive series with new stamps dated "2006".
Due to the increase in local postage rates starting January 16, 2006, there is a huge demand for P1.00 and P5.00 stamps. To cope with this demand, these two values have to be ordered from a different printer.
The same butterflies are featured, but the stamps came out very different from printings made by the regular printer. A blue security band is printed below the design, and there are white borders around the stamps.
Butterflies fascinate nature-lovers and experts alike. People of all ages around the world enjoy writing essays and poems, photographing them and even pursuing them. Stories, tales, dreams, traditions and myths refer to butterflies as symbols of happiness, death, freedom and the flights of fancy.
The Philippines is one of the countries in the world that ranks high in the diversity of more than 1,700 species and subspecies of butterflies. This makes our country an important haven for these winged jewels. This also makes the task of butterfly conservation all the more urgent here in our country. In the William's Worldmap Computer Program, Philippine butterflies play an important role in the evaluation of the diversity of the subspecies, species and genera.
1. Ornate Checkered Beetle - Feeds on wasp and bee larvae. Ham Beetles are scavengers and feed on carrion and blowfly larvae; they may also be pests on smoked meats. Small, brightly colored, pattemed or checkered beetles with hairy, elongated bodies and rather soft elytra. They have large heads and clubbed antennae. Most common in woodland, on flowers and trees, usually on or under the bark or on the flowers, not on the leaves. Feed on pollen or on the larvae and adults of bark-boring beetles.
Many larvae live in the galleries of beetles, where they hunt for the larvae of the bark beetles. Others attack the larvae of gallforming beetles or of bees and wasps. Some feed on moth caterpillars. A few feed on stored meats.
2. Sharpshooter Bug - Mostly small insects with two pairs of similar membranous wings (i.e. homopterous) or wingless. Wings often held in a roof-like position over the body when at rest. All have sucking mouth parts which originate far back beneath the head.
All feed on plants, sucking out their juices wth their sucking mouth parts. They may be found on any part of a plant, from roots to leaves, stems, flowers and fruits.
Nymphs similar in form to adults but wingless. Life cycle may be normal with nymphs developing through several molts into adults, or may involve altemation of winged and wingless forms, as in aphids.