Insects. Ladybirds

Newsletter # 33 (635) August 19, 2015
On August 26, 2015 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue 4 stamps of the series Insects. Ladybirds.
Artist: Alexander Mityanin. Design: Marina Vitkovskaya. Printing: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforation: comb 12: 121/4. Size of the stamps: 30x28 mm. Sheets composition: 9 (33) stamps. Size of the sheets: 123x117 mm. The technique of relief stamping and selective varnishing is used on the stamps. Print quantity: 72.000 stamps each.
The stamps were printed at the Republican Unitary Enterprise Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A. T.  Nepogodin.
Face value A is equal to the tariff of a letter up to 20 gram within Belarus.
Face value N is equal to the surface tariff of a postcard abroad.
Face value M is equal to the air-mail tariff of a postcard abroad.
Face value H is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
No. 1075
7-spot Ladybird
Elements of protection
No. 1076
22-spot Ladybird
Elements of protection
No. 1077
14-spot Ladybird
Elements of protection
No. 1078
Cream-spot Ladybird
Elements of protection
A sheetlet is also issued. Sheetlet composition: 4 (1 set) stamps. Size of the sheetlet: 84x75 mm. Print quantity: 15.000 sheetlets.
There are more than 4,000 species of ladybirds, which are common in all parts of the world. Some of them are found on all plants with aphids: trees, bushes and grasses. Other ladybirds live only in the wild grass. Others live in the meadows adjacent to streams. Some ladybirds live only on trees. Some species live in the reeds and other aquatic plants; they have longer legs that help them hold on to the plants which easily bend in the wind.
7-spot ladybirds are common in Europe, North Africa and Asia. These species feed on aphids and spider mites.
22-spot ladybirds feed on fungi (mildew) unlike most of other ladybirds.
14-spot ladybirds eat small insects founded in the bushes.
Cream-spot ladybirds eat aphids and pollen.
Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC postmark and FDC painted by A.Mityanin,
designed by M.Vitkovskaya.
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop Philately, 16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamps issuing day.

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