|2000: Millennium Projects: Mind and Matter|
Giantiops Destructor is smiling for the camera. Even in real life and not under the microscope this ant has massive eyes. It can be found in the Amazon jungle along with another 1000 species of ant. If you are thinking of visiting; here are some other species your may find. Despite its rather bold name this ant does not sting and is described as "skittish and timid".
The stamp celebrates the Wildscreen at Bristol, the museum to the BBC's Natural History Unit (whose films have been entertaining and amazing us for decades). It has an IMAX screen, electronic zoo and a place where this little fellow would be at home, the tropical house. With large digital and wildlife archives it has been called a "modern day Noah's Ark"
For many centuries the ant has been a symbol of thrift and industry. The Greek's have used it on this stamp
to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Post Office Savings Bank. The stamp was issued in 1965 so at the present time it has been going for over a hundred years, but with a name change - TT Hellenic Postbank. It would seem that they have used the ant as a symbol for some times as this old poster shows one rolling a drachma
Are you ready for another close up?
This first day cover stamp shows a blow fly (Caliphora erythiocephala) with their shiny metallic cases they are often called by their colour such as bluebottle. Somehow I think that the other stamps in this set commemorating the Royal Microscopical Society such as a pretty snowflake may have more attraction. On the other hand I do like the use of the Fruit Fly as the cover photo because scientists having been using this species for a hundred years to understand genetics and evolution.
I think I'm ready for something prettier
|2008 PHQ Card 310|
Lastly England's rarest beetle, its decline is attributed to the the reduction of coppicing in woodland but the Hazel Pot Beetle is reported to be making a comeback.
25% of all species in the world are beetles and 40% of insects are beetles, it is estimated that there are at least million different types, some have put it higher. One of my favourite stories is of the great biologist JBS Haldane (1892-1964) who when asked by some theologians what could be inferred about the mind of the Creator from the works of his creation replied "An inordinate fondness for beetles".
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - INSECTS