Sunday, January 15, 2012

Moths & Butterfly from Kenya

Hi everybody!  Wish you all a very Happy New Year!  (=

So here we go with this nice mail from Nakuru, Kenya.  Thx a lot Bhavin for my first cover from this country! :D

From right to left, the KSh 25 stamps depict:
-  The Hodebertia testalis, a species of moth.  Moths are insects closely related to the butterfly with most species being nocturnal.
-  The Zalaca snelleni, another species of moth.
-  The Red Tip Butterfly (Colotis antevippe), found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

These stamps were issued in 2011 to promote the work of the The African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE), previously the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology.  It was established in Kenya in 1970 and its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, ie. insects, arachnids, crustaceans and myriapods.

Note the 2 distinct postmarks - one using blue ink and the other one black ink - applied on this envelope...

Mailing date: 22 November 2011
Delivery date: 30 November 2011

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