This cover commemorates the life of the bees in the UK, a tremendously important insect for our agriculture, yet sadly in decline.
Country: United Kingdom
Date of Issue: 18th August 2015
The stamps feature 6 beautifully illustrated bee species found in Britain.
Top row, left to right
- Scabious bee (Andrena hattorfiana)
- Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus)
- Northern Colletes bee (Colletes floralis)
Bottom row, left to right
- Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola)
- Large mason bee (Osmia xanthomelana)
- Potter flower bee (Anthophora retusa)
The insert to the cover provides information about the characteristics of bees and the story of their evolution. Click the image below for easier reading.