Twenty 33-cent Insects & Spiders commemorative stamps were issued in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 1, 1999. The stamps were designed by Carl Herrman of Laguna Niguel, California, and illustrated by Steven Buchanan of Winsted, Connecticut.
Depicting sixteen insects and four spiders, the stamps represent a range of colors, lifestyles, and behaviors in the insect and spider communities of the United States and were chosen because of their educational value and interest to children. On the back of each stamp is text describing the unique features of the insect or spider depicted on the front. Also provided is text describing insects and spiders in terms of their numbers, their staggering diversity, and the benefits they provide the planet.
84.7 million stamps were printed by Ashton Potter (USA), Ltd., in the offset process.
Postal Bulletin (August 26, 1999).