Royal Mail Stamps guide: Bees - 18 August 2015

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18 August 2015
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Bees-Scabious-Bee-58521.jpg Scablous Bee
Royal Mail have chose to highlight the importance of bees with a set of six stamps and a four-stamp miniature sheet

The six bee species selected for the stamps have been chosen to represent various regions of the UK, different habitats and the various bee species that breed in the country – two bumblebee species and four ‘solitary’ bees.

Each of the stamps shows a different aspect of typical apian behaviour: the waggle dance, pollinating, making honey and tending the young.

A decorative border showing different species of wildflower completes the miniature sheet.

The Western Honeybee (Apis Mellifera) is the subject of the mini sheet, which features four stamps (2 x 1st and 2 x £1.33) with illustrations by Andy English. Each of the stamps shows a different aspect of typical apian behaviour: the waggle dance, pollinating, making honey and tending the young. A decorative border showing different species of wildflower completes the miniature sheet.


STAMP DETAILS
Bees
Issue date: 18 August 2015
Design: Anna Ekelund
Size: 37mm x 35mm
Printer: International Security Printers
Perforations: 14 x 14.5
2nd – Scabious Bee
1st – Great Yellow Bumblebee
£1.00 – Northern Colletes Bee
£1.33 – Bilberry Bumblebee
£1.52 – Large Mason Bee
£2.25 – Potter Flower Bee