© 2023 Peoria Public Radio
A joint service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WCBU is undergoing major tech upgrades which could cause interruptions in our streams. Thank you for your patience.

Springfield photographer's butterfly shot featured on stamp

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A photograph taken in central Illinois of a monarch butterfly perched on a yellow goldenrod flower is featured on a new U.S. Postal Service stamp.

A State Journal-Register photographer, Justin L. Fowler, captured the image in rural Sangamon County. It's among five butterfly and honeybee pictures in a new line of Forever stamps called "Protect Pollinators." The stamps debuted this month in Virginia.
Fowler's picture was taken in September 2015 and was originally featured in a photo essay about monarch butterflies migrating from Canada and the northern U.S. to spend the winter in Mexico.

Fowler says "to know my photograph is on a stamp is truly a unique moment in my career."

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.