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Old World Swallowtail
Catalogue Number:  269
Block Gutter Design:  Karol Felix
Block gutter Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  June 26, 2002
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary recess printing combined with recess printing
Size of Impression:  40.0 mm x 23.0 mm
Print Run:  100,000
FDC Design:  Karol Felix
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Karol Felix with Old World Swallowtail on the cancellation
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  offset
FDC Print Run:  6,000

Old World Swallowtail - Papilio machaon (swallowtail family - Papilionidae)

Old World Swallowtail belongs to the most bright and beautiful, as well as biggest butterflies in Central Europe. lt flies up to 2,000 meters above the sea Ievel. lt has two generations -the first appears from the end of April to the first half of June, the second occurs from the first half of July to August. The third generation can appear from September to October during warm seasons. It prefers flowery meadows, copses of clover and alfalfa at open hilly areas and lowlands. Generally, it is very scarce and it occurs in small isolated populations. Caterpillars live at wild carrot plants. lt is protected by law.

RND llja Okáli, CSc

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