Title : Postage Stamps in the Nature Conservation Series
(5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1158 
KPC#
C-809 
MICHEL#
1183 
StanGib#
1415 
Scott#
1157 
Date of Issue
01/20/1980 
Quantity
6,000,000 
Denomination
30 won 
Design
Firefly 
Designer
Ahn Sung-Kyung 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The people of Korea, as any other people, are well aware that Nature is the very source of human lives and the provider of their daily life. In the hope that the current nationwide campaign for nature conservation will be carried out successfully, the Ministry of Communications has been selecting ten kinds of postage stamps with the same number of animals and plants-five each of flora and fauna-that are nearing extinction to be depicted in postage stamps that are being issued. The purpose of these stamps is to publicize the need for preserving these rare species.

The following two stamps are the last, the 5th Issue, of this series:
1. Firefly.
About 2,000 species in the world are known to belong to the Firefly, which inhabit mostly the tropical and subtropical regions. There are seven species in Korea. During summer, these insects fly about in the evenings and are conspicuous by their blinking yellow light. The light is produced at segments near the end of the abdomen. But each species has a characteristic flashing rhythm, by the length of the flash and the interval between flash. The most common, among seven species in Korea, is Pyrocoelia rufa Olivier of about 17mm in length which occurs in August and September plentifully.

2. Meesun Tree.
Meesun Tree (Fan Tree), is an endemic species of Korea and grows at the rocky site of the mountain-foot of the Mt. Gunja, which is situated in the Jincheon and Goesan County, Chungcheongpukto Province. The tree is one meter in height and its leaf appears in the shape of ellipse or ovalness and pointed at the end. It blooms white or rose-pink in March to April before leaves come out, and its flower is simple yet graceful. It bears fruit in autumn and the fruit resembles a fan shape, so that it is popularly called "fan tree".