Number of arachnid stamps in issue: 4/20
At first look, this is a gorgeous series. The art work is beautiful, but unfortunately, they did not pay much attention as to how those spiders live. The webbing on the Latrodectus mactans stamp is not typical of this genus, the Argiope aurantia and the Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758) should have a very distinct webbing and yet they are just floating out there and last but certainly not least, they gave the Salticidae a very nice and wide webbing!
The stamps do not show any species names, but interestingly, this series is the exact copy of the famous United States 1999 "Insects & Spiders" series. If you look carefully, every species shown on every stamps are the same and appear in the exact same order. Of course, the artwork is totally different.
The salticidae stamp is listed as Phiddipus audax in the Michel catalog, but since it is really obvious these stamps are copied on the US issue, I decided to label it as the US issue, Habronattus americanus.
|Michel #: 1645|
Scott #: 808a
Yvert #: 1583
Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius, 1775)
|Michel #: 1648|
Scott #: 808d
Yvert #: 1586
Argiope aurantia Lucas, 1833
|Michel #: 1661|
Scott #: 808q
Yvert #: 1599
Gasteracantha cancriformis (Linnaeus, 1758)
|Michel #: 1664|
Scott #: 808t
Yvert #: 1602
Habronattus americanus (Keyserling, 1885)
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