Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Southern Hawker and Ruddy Darter 4.6.2012

Torbjörn Östman's first stamps for Åland Post had  depicted 3 different insects. He now reappears as a stamp designer, his commission has been to feature a blood-red Ruddy Darter and a bluish-green Southern Hawker. The two maxicards and the FDC were issued on 4.6.2012.
Dragonflies characteristically have elongated, narrow abdomens, flexible heads with well-developed, compound eyes, two pairs of long, transparent wings that move independently, and powerful mouthparts used for biting and short coarse antennae. The two sets of wings are very flexible, making dragonflies very strong fliers. The location of the three sets of legs, near the head, makes walking difficult for dragonflies but facilitates the catching of prey (other insects) in flight. These two lovely maxicards and the FDC were given to me by my dear friend Ella.

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