FDC: Butterflies in the United Kingdom

A great natural history FDC from Royal Mail: butterflies from the United Kingdom. 10 stamps in all, with commemorative cancels, a beautiful issue.

Butterflies - UK 2013

Country: United Kingdom
Date: 11th July 2013

Stamp Details

From left to right:
Top row

  • Comma, Polgonia c-album
  • Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines
  • Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
  • Chalkhill Blue, Polyommatus coridon
  • Swallowtail, Papiliomachaon

Bottom row

  • Purple Emperor, Apatura iris
  • Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia
  • Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
  • Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
  • Marbled White, Melanargia galathea


The insert gives details of the habits and habitat of each butterfly. Click the image below for easier reading.

Butterflies insert - UK 2013


  1. Here in Florida, we have a yellow butterfly; the most common I see, could it be a brimstone?


    1. I think Brimstones are restricted to W. Europe (I am not an expert though :) ) The genus Eurema is found in N. America. They are predominently yellow butterflies. There is a great page of thumbnails here: http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Eurema_a.htm. Are there any other markings: black or brown bars?


      1. None that I’ve seen – mostly yellow, w/ a little white (sometimes).


    2. Hmm, ok. Well Wikipedia says that there are two other main butterly sub-families in N. America: Pierinae (“Whites”) and Coliadinae (“Sulphurs”). Unforunately I don’t know anything more than that. Let me know if you get an ID!


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