Monday, March 9, 2009

Kuril Islands* (2010)

Date of issue: 2010
Number of arachnid related stamps in issue: 1/8


Please visit here for more information on the Kuril Islands dispute between Japan and the Russian Federation. In the gutter, you can see the islands that are disputed, Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai rocks.

These are local protest stamps. Apparently, they have been used for mailing within the Russian Federation.

Note also the Argiope sp. eggsac (closed and opened) in the lower gutter of the full sheets.


Michel #: none - local
order: Araneae
family: Araneidae
Argiope sp. with eggsac & babies (ventral view)























Michel #: none - local
order: Araneae
family: Araneidae
Argiope sp. with eggsac & babies (dorsal view)
























Michel #: none - local
order: Araneae
family: Theridiidae
Latrodectus sp.
(poss. Latrodectus elegans Thorell, 1898)




































Full sheets:














































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