- Issue date: 01/10/2009
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
- Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm. (horizontal) Hyphoraia dejeani 24,5 x 35 mm. (vertical) Pensamiento.
- Sheet effects: 100
- Book size: 177,5 x 86 mm. (horizontales)
- Postal value of the stamps: 0,32 € cada motivo.
- Print run: Ilimitada para los dos motivos
This issue is made up of two cheque books of self adhesive stamps of the Flora and Fauna series depicting images of the Pansy and the butterfly called Hyphoraia dejeani.
The Pansy is an ornamental hybrid plant from the family of the Violaceae and the Viola genus. The garden Pansy was developed from the common Viola tricolour, very popular with gardeners throughout Europe in the XIX century. Pansy flowers are bred in a wide range of colours and measure from 15 to 30 cm. They are biannual plants producing greenery in their first year and flowers and seeds in their second year of growth. They bloom in autumn and winter but depending on weather conditions this period can stretch until spring.
The butterfly known as Hyphoraia dejeani is exclusive to the Iberian Peninsula. It is a night and twilight creature and the males are especially attracted to artificial light. They fly from May to July at a considerable height; reaching up to 1.800 m. Caterpillars feed on low plants such as lettuce, ribwort plantain, dandelions and sorrel. This butterfly, with a wing span of 43 mm, has brown and yellow front wings and the back ones are of a yellow pinkish colour with black specks. Caterpillars are around 40 mm long, have a black body with plenty of hair building up in a crest at the end of the abdomen which is of an orangey- reddish colour in its inner ventral side. Chrysalises, measuring around 23 mm, are black and protected by a silk cocoon laid on the ground or over dead leaves.