The new stamp series sporting a unique hexagon shape featuring various honey bee species.

Buzzing with new honey bee stamps

POS Malaysia Bhd (Pos Malaysia) is issuing its “Honey Bees in Malaysia” stamp series today.

Three stamps with a face value of 60sen each were produced for this series. Among the honey bees species highlighted for this series are the Apis Dorsata (tualang bee), Apis Cerana (kampung bee) and Apis Andreniformis (kerdil hitam bee).

“We want to educate stamp collectors and the public that honey bees are of huge economic importance, vital for the pollina­tion of many fruit, vegetable and seed crops. In fact, Malaysia produces one of the best honeys in the region, all thanks to the humble kelulut bee,” said Pos Malaysia group chief executive officer Syed Md Najib Syed Md Noor.

He also said bees face extinction due to the high demand of wild honey, thus there is a tendency to over-harvest honey which may lead to the decrease in their population.

A total of 600,000 pieces of stamps have been produced for this series.

The three stamp sheets (200,000 pieces per design) are worth RM12 each and one sheet contains 20 pieces of stamps.

To complement the series, Pos Malaysia has produced 22,000 pieces of Miniature Sheet (MS) which comes in a special die-cut design, featuring the kelulut queen bee, the male bees as well as the worker bees (Heterotrigona Itama) with a face value of RM4 each. The cancellation mark for the series features the honey bee and its nest.

Article appeared on the Star Online.