Monday, August 08, 2011

Irish animals definitive series

To stay in the « frog » topic, I would like to share with you my latest acquisition. This is a set of eight self-adhesive stamps issued bu Irish post on the 21st of July 2011. This set if part of the definitive series about Irish animals and marine life and is the second one in the series (the first set was issued on the 8th fo September 2010).

Each stamp of the set contains a pictures on an animal, and, overall, the stamps look more like labels from automatic machines than like actual stamps, don’t you think so?

Nevertheless I find this series rather attractive and the fact that the second issue contains a frog stamp re-enforces my interest.

Here are the eight stamps of the set.

From left to right and top to bottom the animals that are pictures are:

- the green huntsman spider (Micrommata virescens)

- the beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) which is a common sea anemone

- the elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor), a moth that takes its name from its large size

- the squat lobster (Munida rugosa) which, despite its name, is more a crab than a lobser

- the European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

- the cuckoo wrasse (Labrus mixtus)

- the red deer (Cervus elaphus)

- the European common frog (Rana temporaria)

Interestingly the European Common Frog has long been thought to be an entirely introduced species in Ireland; however, recent genetic analyses suggest that particular populations in the south west of Ireland are indeed indigenous to the country.

I will soon travel to Dublin for a three days weekend to attend a rugby test match between France and Ireland. I will for sure try to send some covers using these very nice stamps…

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