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Issue Date: 18/08/2015
Issue Name: Celebrating Bees Barcode Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 18th August Royal Mail will issue these fabulous stamps celebrating the western honeybee. Each stamp portrays different apian behaviour: The Waggle Dance, Pollinating, Making Honey and Tending Young. To celebrate the release of the new bee miniature sheet we have produced this lovely cover.
We are delighted to be officially working in partnership with the British Bee Keeping Association on this lovely cover.
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The honey bee belongs to the Hymenoptera classifaction of insects which includes ants, bumblebees, solitary bees, hornets, sawflies and wasps. All insects within this order have two pairs of almost transparent membranous wings. However, there are features which set honey bees apart from the other 240 plus species of bee and it is these differences that set it apart and fascinate.
Honey bees provide pollination services to man and wildlife ensuring the continuation of plant species and providing nutrition in the form of fruits and seeds. Flowering plants and bees have evolved together over time and have developed a mutually beneficial relationship - the plant providing protein rich pollen on which bees depend for their development and nectar to provide the carbohydrates needed for energy, and the plants benefit from pollination.
As a superorganism, with the Queen determining the continuation of the colony as the supreme egg layer, she is supported by and cared for by the worker bees. By working together for the good of the colony ensures their survival and they communicate forage site locations by a series of complex moves and the shaking of the abdomen, known as the waggle dance.
However, they are under threat from parasitic mites that weaken their defences against disease and lack of diverse food sources through changes in farming practices and urbanisation. Planting for honey bees is vitally important to ensure we provide the nutrition they need; which in turn improves our environment creating habitat and forage for wildlife thereby improving bio diversity.
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Bill Turnbull is a British journalist and presenter, who currently works as a presenter for the radio station Classic FM, following many years as a presenter with the BBC.