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Creepy crawlies are in the post; ROYAL MAIL: New stamps featuring rare bugs are unveiled at butterfly farm.

Byline: By Helen Thomas

NEW stamps featuring rare and endangered British insects have been officially launched at Stratford Butterfly Farm.

Bug experts at the farm, which houses hundreds of tropical butterflies and insects, unveiled the giant versions of the set of 10 first-class stamps.

The new stamps are part of a Royal Mail series called Action For Species, which is highlighting endangered creatures and plants in Britain, and what can be done to protect them.

Marketing manager for Stratford Butterfly Farm Emma Butt said: "It was a great honour for Royal Mail to think of us. It is such a stunning set of stamps.

"When a lot of people think about creepy crawlies they think 'eww' so it's nice to have insects highlighted in a positive way.

"They are actually really amazing creatures and need to be looked after by us."

Insects featured in the set include the scarce Adonis blue butterfly and endangered insects including the barberry carpet moth and the red-barbed ant.

Britain's largest land beetle, the stag beetle, which is classed as a rare insect, is also featured.

The stamp images were photographed at the Natural History Museum.

Royal Mail consulted with the museum before selecting the insects, many of which are on the danger list because of issues like habitat loss.

Julietta Edgar, head of special stamps at Royal Mail, said: "The insect stamps are absolutely spectacular. Most people jump a mile when you talk about insects. The latest set of 10 stamps demonstrates perfectly how important and amazing each insect is, and also how beautiful and delicate they really are."

Stratford Butterfly Farm houses some of the world's most spectacular butterflies in a tropical garden. It also has bugs in its Insect City as well as an Arachnoland.

The insect stamps are now on sale.

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