Sunday, February 3, 2008

An Uncommon Moth

Mention the word butterfly and most people will think of beautiful creatures that flutter around during the spring and summer. However, mention the word moth and most people will conjure up images of dull-looking, night-time insects that flit around light bulbs and do damage to crops. While they are distinct types of insects, they are in the same order, Lepidoptera.

The Salt and Pepper Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) blurs the distinction between butterflies and moths; it has many characteristics more common to a butterfly than a moth. The insect is colorful, active during the day, and is not believed to harm crops. Its colors are orange and black spots on its fore wings. The rear wings are more typical moth coloration of a dull creamy white, with tinges of black around the edges.

The Pitcairn Islands, made famous as the final stop for the mutineers of the British ship Bounty, released two colorful stamps of the Salt and Pepper Moth in 2007. A die-cut miniature sheet comprised of the two stamps in the outline of the moth was issued at the same time. The stamps are available from August 2007 for a period of 2 years. Both the individual stamps and the miniature sheet can be purchased from

Update: It seems that the Pitcairn Postal authority requires a minimum order of $50 (New Zealand) for credit card purchases. If there is enough demand, I might try to put together a group order for anyone wanting them.


Joshua McGee said...

I'd go in on that with you! I'd reserve two.

Tony Servies said...

We'll have to wait and see how many more people might want to order these.