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:
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)