Monday, March 19, 2012

Swaziland Releases 4 Locust Stamps

The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation will issue on April 2, 2012 four colorful stamps illustrating locusts found in that Southern Africian Country.

The first stamp stamp in the series shows the Southern African desert locust, Schistocerca gregariaflaviventris (Libhulamdzaka). The adult female is about 60-75mm long and light grayish brown in color A light-colored longitudinal stripe extends across the head and pronotum and the latter also bears short lateral stripes. The forewing has a distinctly spotty appearances and the under wing is yellow at its base- It belongs to the same subfamily as the red locust and bears a spur on the throat- The hoppers are generally green to grey in color. This locust feeds on herbaceous plants as well as grasses, and few crops. This locust is able to survive in extremely dry areas. Breeding coincides with rain. Two generations are possible, one in spring and the other in late summer

Schistocerca solitaria, Lidziya

There are at least more than 4 subspecies of Schistocerca solitaria in Swaziland. This subspecies is commonly found in lush areas where it camouflages with the grass. Generally green in color with lateral black stripes on the fore wings and the under wing is bright yellowish green.
The locust’s season commences around September- October, following the first rains, and runs through March- April. Female adults are 36-48mm. Schistocerca solitaria are predominantly grass feeders.

African migratory locust, Locusta migratoria migratoriodes (Liboni)

There are about 8 subspecies of Locusta migratoria in different parts of the world. This subspecies occurs only in Africa south of the Sahara.
The most important distinguishing characters of the African migratory locust are the yellowish color of the under wing and the hairy ventral surface of the thorax. The general color is yellowish green to light brown with mottled areas on the pronotum and tegmina. Females are 36-54mm and the malesare3s-44mm.Adult swarms roost within un-harvested maize

The red locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata ( lngwelebovu)

It is the largest of the African locusts, solitary females attain a length of 80mm and may be recognized by the white dorsal stripe running from the head to the tip of the forewings. The base of the under wing is red or sometimes purple, more visible when flying. This locust has a small spur on the throat. Only one generation is produced a year with adults living for some 8-9 months. Eggs are laid with the first rains (September- October) and hopper development takes 3-4 months during the summer rainy season. Favored breeding areas are seasonally flooded grasslands lying around rivers.

The stamps were designed by P Dlamini and printed by Joh. Enshede Security Printers by the lithographic offset method. The individual stamps have a size of 28 X 42mm and were perforated 13 1/4 by 13 3/4. The email address for the Swaziland Stamp Bureau is 

For The Swaziland Post Office website go to

Thursday, March 1, 2012

HockeyBird Stamp from Finland for ice hockey world championship tournament

The official stamp of the ice hockey world championship 2012 tournament to be organized in Helsinki will portray the widely noted mascot HockeyBird. The stamp, postcards and first day cover will be available for sale on March 21, 2012.

The stamp and additional products are designed by the man behind the look of the mascot itself. He is, of course, Lead Artist Toni Kysenius of Rovio Entertainment, who has now fulfilled his long-time dream of designing a stamp.

"HockeyBird's job is to bring high-voltage bird energy to the great sporting event and to barge into anything and everything, so it is only natural that he will also take over the stamp," Toni Kysenius says.

The first-class self-adhesive stamp sold in sheets of ten is also well suited for sending greetings abroad. Five million copies of the stamp will be printed. The printing is being carried out by the Dutch printing house Joh. Enschedé Stamps.

A sheet of ten stamps will cost EUR 7.5 and a first day cover EUR 1.30.Tournament greetings can be sent with HockeyBird postcards. There are five different postcards in a package that has the same theme.

Finland and Sweden share the hosting of the ice hockey world championship tournament in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the main arena for the tournament is the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, and Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena will have a supporting role. The 2012 tournament will be played from 4 to 20 May.

For the Finland Post Office on-line post office