Monday, 31 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
In fact, H. rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. The red colour H. rosa-sinensis is selected for this purpose. Therefore, the frequent appearence of red H. rosa-sinensis in Malaysian stamps is not surprising. In 1979, a set of 7 definitive (state definitive issue) flora stamps was issued by Malaysian postal authority, and one of the flora stamps is H. rosa-sinensis (see below).
One may find that the design of Malaysia stamps to commemorate national day frequently carries H. rosa-sinensis, as such the set of stamps to commemorate 10th anniversary of Independence and 10th anniversary of formation of Malaysia (see the next two sets of stamps below).
In Malaysia, the white colour H. rosa-sinensis (Bunga Raya Putih) is a medicinal plant. The root is used for traditional treatment. The use of Bunga Raya Putih as traditional medicine appeared in a stamp issued in 1998 by Pos Malaysia (see below).
Stamps with image of H. rosa-sinensis were released from time to time to promote tourism in Malaysia (see the next two stamps below).
In 2007, Pos Malaysia issued personalised (corporate) stamps for the first time. Four different designs were issued for both the values 30s and 50s (altogether eight different stamps). One of the four designs of the personalised stamps carries an image of H. rosa-sinensis (see below).
The other countries which have issued stamps on H. rosa-sinensis are Thailand, Taiwan and Russia (see the next three stamps below).
There is another Hibiscus species which has been used as national flower for South Korea - H. syriacus. Japan and South Korea have issued such stamps on this Hibiscus species (see the next two stamps below).
Hibiscus mutabilis is depicted on a flora stamp of Thailand (see below).
One of the beautiful Hibiscus species is H. schizopetalus which is characterized by its divided petals. The shape of its petals is absolutely fabulous. Kiribati issued stamp on this species (see below).
Another common Hibiscus species depicted in stamps is H. calyphyllus. This species appeared in stamps of Tanzania, Pitcairn Islands and Zil Elwannyen Sesel (see the next three stamps).
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
Meter cancellation carrying announcement of PATA conference. Postmark: Ipoh, 22 February 1986.
A set of six stamps commemorating PATA conference was released on 14 April 1986.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Four stamp set. From top to bottom: 30sen Malay badger, 30sen moonrat, 50sen golden cat and RM1 flying fox.
Miniature sheet containing two stamps: RM3 slow loris and RM2 tarsier. Phosphor tagging was applied on the eyes of the animals (in stamps and also at the border of stamps).
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Vestalis gracilis is one of the large size damselfly species. The metalic green colour on its body is particulary stricking. This species resembles Vestalis amoena in many ways. The main characteristic to distinguish V. gracilis from V. amoena is on the green colour pattern on thorax. Vestalis gracilis has discrete light green patches on the thorax whereas V. amoena has almost continuous green patches. Vestalis gracilis is a forest species which is normally found at flowing clear forest stream.
The dragonfly species in the stamp (see below) is actually Paragomphus capricornis. However, it is misidentified as Burmagomphus divaricatus. Burmagomphus divaricatus is rather a green dragonfly and it does not have a pair of yellow colour clubs at the tail. On the other hand, Paragomphus capricornis is yellowish in colour and the pair of yellow colour clubs at the tail is particular prominent. Paragomphus capricornis likes clear forest stream with cobbled or gravel bottom.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Crocothemis servilia is a large red dragonfly. It is normally spotted at open exposed habitat. This species likes sun and frequently perches under sun. The female individual of C. servilia has dull yellow colour. The male and female of C. servilia are depicted on the stamps.
Orthetrum testaceum is quite similar to Crocothemis servilia from many aspects - the colour and the size. From far it is quite difficult to tell which is which. The main characters distingiushing these two species are the eyes and wing venation. The two eyes of O. testaceum are touching each other, but they are barely touching each other in C. servilia. O. testaceum has complete distal antenodal (forewing) whereas C. servilia has incomplet distal antenodal. O. testaceum is commonly seen perching under shade with sun spots.