Third Butterfly Stamp Coming in 2013

Butterfly fans rejoice! In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will issue Spicebush Swallowtail, the third butterfly stamp for use on large greeting card envelopes and other mail of non-standard shapes and sizes.


Envelopes for many large cards requiring the additional postage will feature a silhouette of a butterfly to suggest the use of this stamp. The Spicebush Swallowtail First-Class Surcharge Rate stamps will be issued in sheets of 20 stamps.

Nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman created the design on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a spicebush swallowtail rather than an exact replica. Engeman has designed numerous stamps for USPS, including the previous First-Class Surcharge Rate stamps featuring butterflies: the 2010 Monarch and .