Carnivorous plants catch small insects with ease, and four new commemorative stamps show the plants in action.
A small butterfly is caught in a leaf of a Venus' flytrap; a fly perches on a yellow trumpet; a wasp is drawn toward the mouth of a cobra lily; and a fly is trapped in the sticky leaves and hairs on an English sundew.
All the plants are native to North America.
Orders for first-day covers must be postmarked by Sept. 22. Buy the plant stamps at the local post office, or by calling (800) STAMP-24. Affix a stamp to an addressed envelope, place it in a larger envelope and mail to Carnivorous Plants Commemorative Stamps, Postmaster, 1000 West Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018-9998.
In 1963, a U.S. stamp was released to honor the National Academy of Sciences. Abraham Lincoln signed the charter that established the academy on March 3, 1863. The 5-cent stamp shows a globe topped with a ring of stars. The phrase "The Sciences" also appears on the stamp.