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Golden-Eyed Lacewing - Chrysopa Oculata

Beneficial Insects

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 16, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 700,000
Perforation or Dimension 13+
Series Beneficial Insects
Series Time Span 2007 - 2014
Printer Canadian Bank Note
Postal Administration Canada

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Stamp Price Values

Condition Name Avg Value
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine Only available to paid users
Used - Very Fine Only available to paid users
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Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the left edge of the stamp.

Interesting Details

Micro Print

This stamp has the French and English name of the lacewing micro-printed on the lacewing's body and on the leaf that it is resting on.

Benefit Icons

Hidden within the stamp design are two icons that identify some of the benefits that this insect provides. First, the icon near the top edge of the stamp indicates that adult lacewings are effective pollinators.

Second, the icon on the lacewing's wing reveals that they are predators of sap feeders such as aphids and mites.


Souvenir sheet of 3 stamps se-tenant

Quantity Produced - 700,000
Current Purchase Price: Only available to paid users
Original Purchase Price: 15¢
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 113 mm x 58 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Souvenir sheet OFDC

Quantity Produced - 25,000
Original Purchase Price: $1.15
Cancellation Location: Lawn, Newfoundland and Labrador
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 113 mm x 58 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None
Paper: Tullis Russell
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About Stamp

The bugs are back—it’s a philatelic infestation! This fall, Canada Post will issue a special souvenir sheet with selected Beneficial Insects low value definitives. The 6-legged creatures chosen to take an encore in this new souvenir sheet are the golden-eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata), the paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) and margined leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus) on 3-cent, 4-cent and 8-cent stamps, respectively.

Issued in honour of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the souvenir sheet is aimed at young, beginning collectors. “The Society has always been committed to passing on knowledge about stamp collecting to subsequent generations, which is no doubt a factor in its longevity,” says Canada Post’s Director of Stamp Services Jim Phillips. “You could say we’re helping the Society pass on the collecting bug.”

Special additional features have been added to the souvenir sheet to make it even more interesting to a younger audience. Microtype-sized fun icons, each one depicting a benefit performed by the insects, can be found on each stamp, along with the insect’s common name in English and French.

To encourage budding collectors to take a closer look and find the icons, the low value definitive souvenir sheet is also part of the Children’s Collecting Kit that comes with a 6x magnifying glass. The Children’s Collecting Kit (pictured on page 21) also includes a stock book, a pair of tweezers, a selection of used stamps and the revised 2012 edition of Get Started – Stamp Collecting for Canadian Kids. An Official First Day Cover is also available, with text written in a spirited “creepy crawly” style that should appeal to young collectors, depicting how insects can help farmers grow food.


Design/Illustration: Keith Martin

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