Wednesday, June 16, 2010

FDC from North Korea/FDC de la Corée du Nord

Insects/Les insectes

50 won stamp: Vespa mandarinia
The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), including the subspecies Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia Japonica), colloquially known as the yak-killer hornet, is the world's largest hornet, native to temperate and tropical Eastern Asia. Its body length is approximately 50 mm (2 in), with a wingspan of about 76 mm (3 in).

90 won stamp: Cicindela japonica
Cicindela japonica, commonly known as the Japanese tiger beetle, is a species of ground beetles native to Asia.

120 won stamp: Locusta migratoria
The migratory locust (Locusta migratoria) is the most widespread locust species. It occurs throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It used to be common in Europe but has now become rare there. Because of the vast geographic area it occupies, which comprises many different ecological zones, numerous subspecies have been described. However, not all experts agree on the validity of some of these subspecies. The main ones are:
* Locusta migratoria migratoria (West and Central Asia, eastern Europe)
* Locusta migratoria migratorioides (mainland Africa and Atlantic islands)
* Locusta migratoria capito (Madagascar)
* Locusta migratoria manilensis (eastern Asia)
Other common locusts are Schistocerca gregaria and Nomadacris septemfasciata.

140 won stamp: Aphaenogaster famelica
Total length of workers around 3.5 - 8 mm. Body color dark reddish brown, head and gaster blackish brown. Scapes, mesosoma and legs long. Pronotum varying from feebly punctate with opaque intervening surfaces, to distinctly punctate with shining intervening surfaces. Rugae are sometimes developed on the lateral pronotal surfaces of larger workers. Pronotal humeri not angulate. Mesonotum covered with rugae, its dorsum raised to a variable degree. Propodeal spines broad basally and acute apically, their dorsal outlines straight and ventral outlines concave in lateral view.

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