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Children’s Health – Butterflies


The New Zealand post issued a set of stamps and a miniature sheet to create awareness about Children’s Health among it’s people.

The New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development – specialises in helping at-risk children aged five to 12 to overcome barriers to healthy lifestyles. In 2010, New Zealand Post once again supports its work, with three beautifully illustrated ‘butterfly’ stamps – each with a 10-cent surcharge that goes to support Te Puna Whaiora’s seven Children’s Health Camps.

50c + 10c surcharge – self-adhesive
The boulder copper (Lycaena boldenarum) is one of our smallest butterflies, found mostly around the river beds, lake shores and open, rocky inland regions of the South Island’s Otago and Canterbury regions. The males sport iridescent purple with orange colouring, while the females have orange and brown scales with bright blue spots.

50c + 10c surcharge – gummed
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) well deserves its name, for none can rival its majesty in flight. With origins in the alpine valleys of Mexico, the butterfly has become a familiar sight in most of our cities and towns. Many people encourage its presence by planting its larval host-plant, milkweed (commonly called the swan plant).

$1.00 + 10c surcharge – gummed
The common tussock butterfly (Argyrophenga antipodum) is the most widespread and best-known species on the eastern side of the South Island’s main divide, from the inland valleys of Marlborough in the north to Southland in the south. In summer, the grasslands on the plains and up to 2000 metres above sea level come alive with their fluttering wings.


Title: Children’s Health – Butterflies
Date of Issue: 7 July 2010
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 50c + 10c x 2, $1.00 + 10c x 2

Source: www.stamps.nzpost.co.nz

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