Take a closer look at your post this summer as there’s every chance you will see a Brimstone staring back at you.
The Royal Mail is releasing a set of 10 stamps featuring butterflies - all painted by renowned wildlife artist Richard Lewington.
This is the first time that butterflies have featured on Royal Mail stamps since 1981.
It takes more than a year to devise, design and print a set of stamps. Photographic images were also explored, but the Royal Mail decided that Lewington’s artistry was better able to capture these small creatures in characteristic poses and angles of wings than photography.
Ten species, mixing endangered with the familiar were chosen.
Royal Mail Head of Stamp Strategy Philip Parker said: “Every year Royal Mail issues stamps on a wildlife subject and often highlights the plight of threatened species.
“Britain’s butterflies were therefore a natural subject and, unusually for stamps, not much larger than a postage stamp itself.”
The stamps are available just in time for the Big Butterfly Count from Post Offices from 11 July 2013 and from www.royalmail.com/butterflies
For your chance to win a set of these beautiful stamps presented as a First Day Cover (UK Addresses) all you have to do is answer the following question: What is the name of the artist who painted the butterfly stamp designs?
Terms and Conditions: Prize draw open to UK residents only, aged 16 years or over. One entry per email address. Fifteen winners will be picked at random from all correct entries and notified by email on Thursday 25th July. Prize consists of one of fifteen "Butterflies First Day Cover - UK Addresses" packs, worth the value of £7.68 seen here. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. For a list of winners email firstname.lastname@example.org after Thursday 25th July. This promotion and its rules are governed by English law. By entering this competition you agree to all above terms.