Friday, October 19, 2012

Insects and spiders of Iceland


The fifth stamp series of insects and spiders   has issued by Iceland Post on  January 29,2009. The issue consist of two stamps designed by Arnar Snorrason and depict two species are  Moth flies (psychodidae) and Field spider (Gnaphosidae)

Moth flies (Psychodidae) are common around farms and outhouses.  These are strange little flies with a short hairy torso and hairy wings.   At least two species of moth flies can be found in Iceland.
Moth flies (Psychodidae) are small true flies (Diptera) with short, hairy bodies and wings giving them a "furry" moth-like appearance.Adult Psychodidae are typically nocturnal , mostly active at night and prefer wetlands and other moist places.

Field spiders (Gnaphosidae) do not catch their prey in a web. They outrun their prey and are therefore comfortable in the open field. There are two kinds of field spiders in Iceland, i.e. the field spider proper (Haplodrassus signifer) and the raven spider (Gnaphosa lapponum). The field spider comes in various colours. It can be very darkish and is common in lowlands

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