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Title of stamps: Low Value Definitives: Beneficial Insects Issue date: October 12, 2007

Insects that don’t bug us Golden sunlight gently touches the lacy wings of a dragonfly. Bumblebees hover and buzz busily around a luscious lilac bush. A brightly coloured red-orange ladybug rests on a brilliant green leaf. These familiar sights and sounds of summer are brought to us by some of the world’s tiniest and most beneficial creatures—insects. Insects play a big role in the animal kingdom. In fact, did you know that scientific research says that humans—and probably most life on earth—would perish without insects?

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Some insects’ jobs include pollinating flowering plants, providing a source of food for other animals, and helping in the decomposition of plants and animals. Some insects, for example, the cecropia moth, do other interesting things such as spinning fine, yet durable silk. The Canada darner or “dragonfly,” has a healthy appetite for mosquitoes—a characteristic for which we can all be grateful! The lovely cecropia moth (25¢) and the Canada darner (10¢) are two of the five beneficial insects featured on a set of low value definitive stamps issued by Canada Post in 2007. The other three insects include: the golden-eyed lacewing (3¢), northern bumblebee (5¢) and convergent lady beetle (1¢), better known to most of us as the ladybug.

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