Stamp Collecting Month 2014: Things that Sting

From wasps to stingrays, bull ants to tiger snakes, let’s take sensible precautions to protect ourselves, and them, from harm.

About the ‘Things That Sting’ SCM stamps

Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) is especially for kids (or the inner child in all of us). It's about encouraging budding philatelists, and sharing some educational facts on an interesting topic. Our 2014 SCM stamp release features six creatures (insects, reptiles or fish) that can pack a painful punch if disturbed or threatened.
European Wasp

European Wasp

Vespula germanica

The European Wasp can be identified by its bright yellow and black striped abdomen…

Bull Ant

Bull Ant

genus Myrmecia

The Bull Ant can be identified by its large eyes, long slender mandibles...

Tiger Snake

Tiger Snake

genus Noteschis

The Tiger Snake can be identified by distinctive black and yellow cross bands…

Lionfish

Lionfish

Common Lionfish - Pterois volitans

The Common Lionfish can be identified by red and black bands...

Stonefish

Stonefish

Reef Stonefish - Synanceia verrucosa

The Stonefish is an unattractive fish that can be identified by its rough, warty, mottled skin...

Stingray

Stingray

Bluespotted Fantail Ray - Taeniura lymna

The Bluespotted Fantail Ray can be identified by it colouration of electric blue spots on yellow...

Want some more advice on stamp collecting?

Read our tips on starting a collection.

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