Brilliant Bugs | Royal Mail Brilliant Bugs FDC



Issue Date: 3rd Sept


To celebrate the enormous diversity, intrigue and importance of pollinating insects in the UK, Royal Mail is pleased to issue stamps that celebrate pollinators found in the UK and explore the range, beyond bees and butterflies, and include other often overlooked important pollinators like moths, beetles, hoverflies and wasps.

It is estimated that there are more than 5 million insect species on

Earth. These ‘brilliant bugs’ contribute to essential natural processes in varied and diverse ways. Some ensure the functioning of ecosystems through decomposition – efficiently recycling dead and decaying

matter. Others feed on pest insects and so protect plants, including the crops we rely on for food.

Stamps & Postmarks:

Stamps are:

1st Class    Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

1st Class    Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)

£1.45          Longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata)

£1.45          Elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)

£1.70          Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

£1.70          Ruby-tailed wasp (Chrysis ignita agg)


Bugs Lane, Ipswich | GBFDC, Forest Hill, SE23 | FDI Bugford, Dartmouth | Stirling (Bee) | Stratford Upon Avon (Butterfly)


Additional information


Bugs Lane, Ipswich, GBFDC, Forest Hill, SE23, FDI Bugford, Dartmouth, Stirling (Bee), Stratford Upon Avon (Butterfly)


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