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Butterflies Souvenir Sheet


Of all the world's creatures (and this is quite a claim), butterflies must be among the favourites. Beautiful, elegant and so delicate that we want to take care of them, butterflies enjoy an entirely positive reputation. When we see one, we're not irritated but charmed. If one should land on our knee our natural reaction is to sit very still, with a sort of awed admiration, honoured that we have been chosen. There are currently 30 species recorded in Alderney, some in huge numbers. In the British Isles the Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia is restricted to landslips on the south coast of the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Despite its present abundance, this is a vulnerable species: it recently disappeared from Jersey. Painted Lady Vanessa Cardui is a famous long-distance migrant and has a worldwide distribution. It visits Alderney every year, but in 2006 many thousands arrived and bred, and the spiky caterpillars could be found in almost every thistle plant in the island. The Speckled Wood Parage aegeria is a common butterfly throughout most of Europe. In England, as its name implies, this is mainly a woodland species, whereas in Alderney it can be found almost everywhere, including sea cliffs and heather moor land. The Grayling Hipparchia semele inhabits heathland, dunes and coastal cliffs and in Alderney it is commonest in the Giffoine, the southern cliffs and the Houmet Herbe area. The wings of the male Common Blue Polyommatus icarus are consistently bright blue. The female varies between brown and purple, but in the Channel Islands almost all the females are of a particularly bright bluish purple. It is Alderney's commonest butterfly. The evocatively named Green Hairstreak Callophyrs rubi occurs throughout most of the British Isles. In Alderney it can be found in most areas where gorse grows, but it is an elusive species; the bright green underside makes it almost invisible when at rest on leaves.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 28.02.2008
Designer: Petula Stone
Printer: BDT International
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 colours
Size: 30.56 x 38mm
Values: 34p, 40p, 48p, 51p, 53p, 74p