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Canada Post produces ‘Beneficial Insect’ series

The golden-eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata), the paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) and margined leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus).

The bugs are back — it’s a philatelic infestation! This fall, Canada Post has issued a special souvenir sheet with selected Beneficial Insects low value definitives.

Oct. 16, 2012

Issued in honour of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the souvenir sheet is aimed at young, beginning collectors. “The Society has always been committed to passing on knowledge about stamp collecting to subsequent generations, which is no doubt a factor in its longevity,” says Canada Post’s Director of Stamp Services Jim Phillips. “You could say we’re helping the Society pass on the collecting bug.”

Special additional features have been added to the souvenir sheet to make it even more interesting to a younger audience. Microtype-sized fun icons, each one depicting a benefit performed by the insects, can be found on each stamp, along with the insect’s common name in English and French.

Discover which of the following benefits belong to each insect. Hint: some have more than one benefit.

Larva stage feed on other insect larvae and eggs.

Predatory to nuisance flies and plant eating insects.

Adults are effective pollinators.

Predatory to sap feeders such as aphids and mites.

Discover the insect’s common name.

Link to series here.

See earlier insect series:

In 2007, Canada Post paid tribute to the beneficial insects that roam Canada’s gardens and marshes with a set of low-value definitives featuring the golden-eyed lacewing, the cecropia moth, the convergent lady beetle (better known as the lady bug), the northern bumblebee and the Canada darner. Last year, the monarch caterpillar joined the ranks of these useful critters, squirming onto a 2-cent stamp of its own. And once again this fall, Canada Post will celebrate five more of nature’s tiniest helpers: the paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus), the assassin bug (Zelus luridus), the large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus), the margined leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus) and the dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus).

Link here.