Thursday, April 5, 2012

Green Snaketail–Belarus

On  August  10, 2010 , Belarus Post collaborated with WWF organization proudly issued the stamp set features the endangered species Green Snaketail, a specific dragonfly that widespread in Europe. The issue consist of 4 postage stamps and one local first day cover depicted Green Snaketail on the bottom part.

Ophiogompus Cecilia is a species of dragonfly from the Gomphidae Family. Its wingspan is up to 7.5 cm and body length up to 5 cm.The Green Snaketail is a very pretty, easily recognizable dragonfly; it combines three colours; Its eyes, head and thorax are green (which becomes deeper and brighter with age), while its abdomen is black and yellow.

Its favorite habitats are slow flowing rivers and streams. The males wait for the females to come down to the water and can often be seen on the river banks or sun-exposed rocks. In the Low Beskid these dragonflies can be seen in July and August.

The Green snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) is a dragonfly listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. Ophiogomphus cecilia inhabits rivers and rivulets, mostly with sandy beds. Pollution of reservoirs is the main threat of the reduction of this dragonfly population. Only single green snaketails are found on the territory of Belarus.

The Green snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) is also listed in the Red Book of Lithuania and it is protected in Europe. Water pollution and water harnessing may threaten the species in future, although none are known at present.


The species is widespread in Europe and parts of North-western Asia. The species was declining in the eighties and nineties of last century but is recently increasing due to better water management.

1 comment:

EddieEd said...

Really interesting stamps ‘posted’ on here. I hope that they got there with 1st class delivery, whatever that may cost in their native country or at whatever moment in time. If you are ready to venture forth here is another stamp collector’s paradise!

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