Himeharuzemi : Japan Nature Conservation Series XVI
A postage stamp on the Nature Conservation Series “Cicada” (Euterpnosia chibensis) :
Issued by Japan
Issued on Aug 15, 1977
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 50 yen
Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25 mm
- As the 16th of the Nature Conservation Series, a ¥50 postage stamp has been issued having for its subject “Himeharuzemi” (Euterpnosia chibensis).
- Euterpnosia chibensis is a kind of spring cicada belonging to the Cicadae of the hemipterous family. Its body is about three centimeters long, and the length between the head and the end of wings is about 3.5 centimeters. The greeny body has black and light brown spots. The wings are transparent.
- The spring cicada lives only in Japan, but euterpnosia chibensis’ main habitat is in southern regions. In Japan it lives in Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa. It is often seen staying on such trees as chinquapin and oak. When many of euterpnosia chibensis sing in unison, the doing becomes a high sound, and the species is called in some areas “ozemi” (large cicada).
- Nou Town in Niigata Prefecture is known as the habitat of the Nou himeharuzemi, Kasama City in Ibaraki Prefecture is the habitat of the Kataniwa himeharuzemi and Mobara City, Chiba Prefecture is the habitat of the Tsurueda himeharuzemi. These three areas are designated as natural monuments. The himeharuzemi of respective species appear in the above areas some time between late in June and the middle of July.