Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sunday Stamps - insects

On Monday, our pennies will become defunct and gradually taken out of circulation and melted down. You will still be able to spend them but you will not receive any as change. Prices will be rounded off to end in a 5 or 0.

Which made me wonder about the small denomination stamps. How would you buy a 1¢ stamp since technically if it is rounded down to a 0 then it would have no cost? I am tempted to head to the post office and try to buy one with a nickel just to see what happens.

Anyway, here we have the full set of small denomination stamps featuring beneficial insects that was started in 2007 and gradually added to over the past five years.

1¢ convergent lady beetle or ladybug (Hippodamia convergens) 
2¢ monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) 
3¢ golden eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata) 
4¢ paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus
5¢ northern bumblebee (Bombus polaris)
6¢ assassin bug (Zelus luridus)
7¢ large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)
8¢ margined leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus
9¢  dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus
10¢ Canada darner or dragonfly (Aeshna canadensis) 
25¢  Crepopia moth (Hyalophora cecropia).

You can see more insects at Viridian's


  1. These stamps are beautiful! The colors...amazing! more pennies! Seems weird not to use them anymore.
    And now a 45 cent stamp is 46!!?? How is that gonna work

  2. I have received 1, 2 and 25, and posted 1 as well :)

  3. I love these little stamps, hope they don't disappear with your pennies. I always get excited when I receive one. I've never seen the full set.

  4. This is a cool collection of insects on stamps! I don't recall receiving a stamp with a 1¢ value at all.

  5. Beautiful set. Pleased to see a dragonfly included.

  6. I often see these stamps on my Canadian postcards, but this is the first time I have the chance to see them all at one place...they look so nice together :) It would be a pity to see these stamps disappear from circulation...they are really nice!

  7. a lovely set, I hope they don't disappear with the pennies.

  8. A lovely set. Probably if you tried to buy one one cent stamp in the future you would have to buy 5 of them for a nickel.
    Hmm, an assassin bug is beneficial? Maybe it kills bad bugs.
    Thanks for joining in!

  9. They are beautiful. Assassin bugs don't sound too beneficial but I'll take your word for it. :)

  10. We also do not have pennies anymore and things are rounded off to the nearest 5 cents also. I don't think we have 1 cent stamps. I don't think anything can be bought for that amount of money.

  11. what a lovely collection of lovely insects! and how sad for the pennies.I'm sure my son will not be happy as he used to buy a candy for a penny at the nearby candy store before.

    Willa @ Postage Journal:My Sunday Stamps:Insects

  12. oh i love this set - only now i know how many i am still missing..!


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