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Beneficial Insects stamps issued by Canada

Beneficial Insects - Canada
Canada Post will issue a set of stamps to celebrate five nature’s tiniest helpers, the beneficial insects found around us.

The stamps features 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).

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,

Each of the insects featured is a wonder to watch at work in the garden.

There’s the paper wasp, chomping away on caterpillars and other gardening pests. Another “exterminator,” the assassin bug, uses its beak to suck the bodily fluids from its soft-bodied victims.

Wildflower gardeners and farmers may appreciate the large milkweed bug for feeding on the juice from milkweed seeds, as well as the larvae of dogbane beetle for feasting on the same plant’s roots.

The margined leatherwing larvae should also be prized for consuming a range of harmful insects.

According to designer Keith Martin of the Vancouver-based Signals Design Group, this stamp project provided the chance to “unleash a new bug fest,” as he so enthusiastically puts it.

Martin speaks of the insects with an energy that is keenly reflected in the stamps.

“Try as I might, I could not get these guys to behave!” he playfully laments of the infestation of insects that squirm across both the pane and the first day cover.
Beneficial Insects around us
Title: Beneficial Insects – Canada
Date of Issue: 19 October 2010
Country: Canada
Denominations: 4c, 6c, 7c, 8c, 9c
Source: Canada Stamps

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  1. A great series of stamps. Quality!

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