Colourful moor frogs on 2021 Europa stamp from Åland

Åland stamp moor frog and first day cover

On 7 May, Åland Post issues its contribution to the 2021 Europa stamp series on the theme endangered wildlife, a stamp featuring moor frogs, a protected species. “I painted the moor frog in profile to illustrate its characteristics and made a particular effort to reproduce the correct and most beautiful colours”, artist Bo Lundwall reveals.

Popular Swedish nature and animal artist Bo Lundwall always starts by studying and making sketches of the animal in question. “I spent two spring days by a lake in Tinnerö oak forest near Linköping and studied the frogs during mating season, making many sketches to have as reference. There were probably over a hundred frogs and they sounded like a chorus. But they were also incredibly shy; my slightest movement, and they hid under the water.”

The blue tone of the male during breeding varies greatly, so, Bo chose the loveliest turquoise blue. He is pleased with how the colours on the stamp turned out. Bo’s friend, zoologist Torkel Hagström, who luckily proved to be an expert on frogs, helped him to ensure that the details were correct. He made sure that Bo’s design for the first day cancel appears correct; compared to the common frog, the moor frog’s forearm has larger and harder nuptial pads.

Five species of amphibians live in Åland. In addition to the moor frog (Rana arvalis), these include great crested newt, smooth newt, common toad and common frog. An inventory last year found that the moor frog was the least observed amphibian, but it was seen all over mainland Åland.

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Date of issue7 May 2021
ArtistBo Lundwall
DesignSofia Valtersson/Strax
Edition90 000
DenominationEuropa (€2.00)
Stamp size25 x 34,5 mm
Sheet size2 x 15 stamps
Paper105 g/m²
Perforation13 per 2 cm
Printing process4-colour offset
Printing houseSouthern Colour Print