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Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

Carnivorous plants shown on four new stamps

September 2, 2001

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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.

Science set

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.

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