Bee and bee interest postage stamps of the world: supplement 1
Dorothy E Shaw And J Stuart Ching
Postage stamps featuring bees of the superfamily Apoidea (particularly honey bees), beekeeping, and other activities such as pollination, have been produced by various countries in the world, in some cases with more than one issue. Bees have also featured in stamps of national fauna and in issues on conservation, to commemorate apicultural anniversaries, conferences and congresses, on coats of arms and seals, as decorations and as the hieroglyph, and in stamps warning of the venomous nature of bees. Bees have also been used on stamps to depict industriousness, thrift, meritorious behaviour and technical co-operation. Honeycomb, with its separate cells, has been employed as a symbol of unity denoting the individuality of parts making up a united whole.