Issue Date: 18/08/2015
Issue Name: Celebrating Bees Stamps Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 18th August Royal Mail will issue these fabulous stamps celebrating six UK bees. They are the Scabious Bee, the Great Yellow Bumblebee, the Northern Colletes Bee, the Bilberry Bumblebee, the Large Mason Bee and the Potter Flower Bee. To celebrate the release of the new bee stamps 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.
The Bee belongs to a classification of insects known as Hymenoptera which includes ants, bumblebees, solitary bees, hornets, sawflies and wasps. All insects within this order have two pairs of almost transparent membranous wings. Within the UK there are over 200 species of solitary bee, 24 species of bumblebee 8 of which can be commonly found countrywide and just the one honey bee.
All bees provide pollination services to both 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.
Unlike all other bee types only the honey bee produces honey in quantity as they store this to use as their winter food source for the cluster of 20,000 bees that live in the colony over winter. While they feed on this stored summer goodness the queen bumblebees are in hibernation as are the solitary bee adults and/or larvae depending on the species.
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