Canada Post unveiled a pair of stamps that are sure to create a buzz – as much for their unique design as for the subject they celebrate.
Two native bees appear in the new issue including the extremely rare rusty-patched bumble bee and its colourful and more common co-star, a metallic green bee . Both are featured on the Official First Day Cover, which is cancelled in Grand Bend, Ontario, near Pinery Provincial Park – the last known location of a rusty-patched bumble bee in Canada. It was the first bee species to be assessed as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
There are approximately 4,000 species of bees native to North America and more than 850 native to Canada. Many bee populations, however, are in decline due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. Canadians can do their part to help nurture their numbers by planting native flowers, allowing more of their property to grow wild, and avoiding the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
source: Canada Post