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Short-tailed Swallowtail

Short-tailed Swallowtail Canada Postage Stamp
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Title

Short-tailed Swallowtail

Denomination

37¢

Date of Issue

July 4, 1988

Quantity

4,290,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Butterflies of Canada

Series Time Span

1988

Perforation or Dimension

12 x 12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Heather J. Cooper.

About Stamp

Butterflies symbolize the short-lived but intense joys of the Canadian summer better than any other creature. Four new stamps depicting Canadian butterflies are being issued in conjunction with the XVIII International Congress of Entomology being held in Vancouver, British Columbia from 3 to 9 July 1988. There are over 20,000 known species of the butterfly of which 272 exist in Canada. Canadian varieties have wing spans from less than 2.5 cm to 7.5 cm. Life cycles range from a few week to two years and involve a complete metamorphosis through the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and adult stages. The Short-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio brevicauda) is the only species whose range is restricted to Canada. It lives in the Maritimes and eastern Quebec. Sir William Saunders, who established Canada's Experimental Farm System, first scientifically described this butterfly. On these stamps, designed by well-known Toronto graphic artist Heather Cooper, the butterflies come alive against a subdued background suggestive of the type of vegetation inhabited by each species. This illustrative approach is typical of Cooper's work, recognized for having a magic element - a kind of "fantasy realism".

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1988.

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