KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The beautiful Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly gets its stamp of approval and takes flight on postage today from the nation’s Post Offices as a 70-cent stamp. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices.
The stamp is primarily designed to be used on 1-ounce greeting cards that are irregular in shape requiring the nonmachinable surcharge. Participating greeting card manufacturers are printing silhouette images of a butterfly on their envelopes, making it easy for customers to understand the new butterfly stamp or equivalent postage is all that is needed to mail the card. The stamp is also good for mailing First-Class letters and cards weighing up to 2 ounces.
Tom Engeman of Frederick, MD, created the stamp image under the direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.
The great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is named for the silvery spots found on the undersides of its wings. A large butterfly with a wingspan of 2.25 to 4 inches, it is found in all northern states and ranges as far south as northern Georgia in the east and central California in the west. It is rarely found in the central United States. Even though this striking butterfly is a common sight in much of the country, it can be puzzling to identify. Not only are females slightly darker than males, but individuals in eastern populations are more orange in color, while those in western populations are browner. Read the rest of this entry »