Congo – 2002 – 5 Francs – KMnew Butterfly Lyroperyx CuNi (PROOF)
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Butterflies impressed human since ever. The beautiful colouring, the lightness and elegance of flying inspired men to myths and stories. In the Far East they are reputed to be an omen of good fortune. ?Butterfly dances? are performed at the beginning of traditional celebrations.
Worldwide more than 100.000 different species are known and have been identified. They are living in the depth of the rain forest up to fare north accommodated to the climatic situations. Being masters of transforming and adoption to the surroundings the species survived to our days. Pollution, cutting or burning the rainforest, agricultural pesticides application now threaten the species. This commemorative issue shall remind to contribute and care for one of natures most beautiful creatures.