StampNews.com hurries to inform that Sweden Post has issued a set of stamps dedicated to bees – one of the most hard-working insects. The stamp release consists of five items that were put into circulation on the 15th of March.
The proposal to depict bees on a stamp came, not unexpectedly, from a beekeeper. Many beekeepers have been wanting new bee stamps for a long time, and the proposal was supported by the Swedish National Beekeeper Federation.
The bees in the booklet were inspired by the four types of domestic bees that are "raised" in Sweden: Nordic, Italian, Buckfast and Carnica bees. Queen, drones and worker bees are depicted in the drawings, which show bees in different situations and environments and on different plants. The stamps in coil depicts bee hives.
There is a relationship between food and bees that people perhaps do not always reflect upon. People usually first think of honey, but without pollination by bees we would not have apples, strawberries or blueberries.
"I believe that the stamps will raise awareness among the general public about beekeeping and the benefits of bees. The bee is not just an insect and a producer of honey. Bees play an important role in maintaining the diversity found in nature. Without pollination by bees, we would not have berries, fruits, flowers or other plants", – says Hanne Uddling, board member of Swedish National Beekeeper Federation.