Endemic Butterflies of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A Miniature Sheet consisting of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Endemic Butterflies of Andaman & Nicobar Islands : Papilio mayo (male and female) and Pachliopta rhodifer (male and female) :
Issued on Jan 2, 2008
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a set of postage stamps on endemic butterflies of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Design : The pictures depicted on the stamps are :– 1. 500 p : Papilio Mayo (Male), 2. 500 p : Papilio Mayo (Female), 3. 500 p : Pachliopta Rhodifer (Female) and 4. 500 p : Pachliopta Rhodifer (Male).
Stamp & FDC : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 paise each
Stamps Printed : 3.0 Million each
Miniature Sheet : 0.2 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- Andaman Club Tail (Pachliopta rhodifer)
- Wing expanse of male 120mm while that of female is 140mm. The body of the male is red upper side black; forewing has pale streaks extending upto apex of cell; hind wing are more crimson red; hind wing upper side dusted with black scales, discal more extensive; antediscal spot extends well below vein. The female is mimic to female of Andaman Mormon and flies slowly together in forest paths. This endemic species used to be very common in 80’s in South Andamans but now a days it is rarely sighted. Its food plant is Thotia tomentosa.
- Text : Based on material provided by the proponent.