Stamp Issue “Insects”

Set of Stamps “Insects”

Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau will issue the stamp theme “Insects” on 9th October, 2021, aiming to raise awareness of the importance about biodiversity protection and natural habitats. There is a wide variety of insect species on Earth, which account for 75 to 80 percent of all animal species. With over a million insect species discovered, making them an important indicator of biodiversity.

Macao is made up of the Macao Peninsula and several small islands (Hill of Ilha Verde, Taipa and Coloane), and its distinctive coastline and woodland ecosystem nurture and populate a varied range of species, including those that are exclusive in Macao. This issue includes a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet, selected five insect species from Macao, all of which are essential to the local insect diversity.

The four stamps illustrate the species of Chlorophorus macaumensis, Mortonagrion hirosei, Toxorhynchites macaensis and Pyrocoelia analis. The Leptanilla macauensis is illustrated on the souvenir sheet, a globally uncommon species, was found on the Hill of Ilha Verde in 2017. They have an extremely mysterious life history and dwell in a subterranean world which is difficult to study. The discovery of the Leptanilla macauensis has increased public awareness about the necessity of environmental protection and species diversity investigation in Macao.

The above issue will be available for sale at the General Post Office (9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.), and the Communications Museum (9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.). The mail service for the relative philatelic products cancelled with the commemorative postmark will be available on the issue date at the above locations. The philatelic products are as follows:

250,000 stamps with the face value of 2.50 patacas
250,000 stamps with the face value of 4.00 patacas
250,000 stamps with the face value of 4.50 patacas
250,000 stamps with the face value of 6.00 patacas
250,000 souvenir sheets with the face value of 14.00 patacas
3,000 FDC @ 6.00 patacas
3,000 FDC/SS @ 6.00 patacas
4,000 information brochures @ 7.00 patacas

The selling price for one set of four stamps is 17.00 patacas, the first day cover with stamps (FDC) is 23.00 patacas, the first day cover with souvenir sheet (FDC/SS) is 20.00 patacas, the information brochure with stamps is 24.00 patacas and the information brochure with souvenir sheet is 21.00 patacas.

The stamp designer of this issue is Ms. Yu Si, and the text of the information brochure is written by Mr. Leong Chi-Man, the Centre for Macau Studies of the University of Macau.

This is the tenth theme of 2021 issues. The previous issued stamps are “Lunar Year of the Ox” on 05/01/2021, the label stamp “Lunar Year of the Ox” on 20/01/2021, “120th Anniversary of the Printing Bureau” on 22/02/2021, “Mainland Scenery VIII” on 01/03/2021, “Libraries in Macao II” on 23/04/2021, “Procession of Our Lady of Fatima” on 13/05/2021, “Festivals – Buddha’s Birthday” on 19/05/2021, “Macao Typical Old Shops” on 11/06/2021, “Centenary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China” on 01/07/2021, and “Wushu – Chinese Martial Arts and Health” on 13/09/2021.

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