The swallowtails as one of the most beautiful Czech butterflies… One bright natural stamp released by Czech Post

April 27th, 2016

Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies that amaze everyone with their beauty. To underline the uniqueness of this species Czech Post has prepared for releasing one special bright stamp depicting two kinds of these butterflies that have their distinctive features. invites our readers to appreciate the original design of this philatelic item that will be particularly interesting for a topical stamp collector.

The common yellow swallowtail (Papilio machaon) is one of the most beautiful and largest (with a wingspan of 7-9 cm) daytime Czech butterflies. It belongs to the endangered butterfly species in the Czech Republic.

The scarce swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a swallowtail butterfly. It lives in warm regions, mostly on bushes covered south-facing hillsides. In the Czech Republic, it is more rare than the related common yellow swallowtail. It is more common in South European countries, such as Greece, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, the home of a slightly different form living in two generations a year. The scarce swallowtail is protected in the Czech Republic.