They’ve borne classic cars, cartoons, movie stars and super heroes. And now, the US Postal Service has announced they’re honoring a very special group of insects – bees and butterflies – some of our favorite pollinators!
On August 3rd, the United States Post Office unveiled their latest addition to their line of limited edition Forever Stamps, at the American Philatelic Society National Summer Convention StampShow in Richmond, Va.
There are five very colorful stamps in the series, highlighting Monarch butterflies and western (or European) honeybees perched on flowers, getting their taste of nectar. This is the second time in 10 years the post office honored nature’s pollinators. In the 2007 series, the stamps honored the bumblebee, hummingbird, a bat, and the Southern dogface butterfly.
Strangely, the USPS didn’t choose to highlight another one of the leading pollinators – our favorite, the second most active pollinator – the mosquito. I guess they didn’t think those stamps would sell very well.😉
How Do Butterflies Pollinate?
Regardless, the Monarch butterfly is a more beautiful alternative, and a major player in widespread pollination. Because the butterflies migrate over thousands of miles every year, their multigenerational journey ranges from southern Canada, the entire length of the contiguous United States, even deep into Mexico, where they spend the winter months resting before returning north!
While honeybees do not naturally migrate anywhere close to those distances, one of the side effects of the dwindling numbers of honeybees is that these days, we often intervene to help them do their jobs.
Humans & Bees Working Together?
Beekeepers often load their hives into trucks, driving all across the country to assist farmers and accommodate various growing seasons. And that’s actually one of the reasons the US Postal Service decided to highlight these helpful insects.
The new stamp series is titled “Protect Pollinators,” and while no money from the sale of the stamps goes to the cause, USPS hopes that the stamp series will draw attention and more resources to the valuable pollinators and keeping them alive. You can pick yours up at your local post office or online here.
So, What Else Can I Do?
The Postal Service is also reaching out and encouraging everyone to plant locally appropriate, native plants. It’s a win-win – there’s one more flower to be pollinated, and you can enjoy the glorious colors.
There’s one more way you can protect a pollinator – the one that didn’t get his – or rather – her just desserts from the Post Office. By getting our exclusive No Bite Zones technology, whether you’re in Port Charlotte or Lakewood Ranch, you can take momma mosquitoes and turn them and their babies into vegan mosquitoes that will pollinate as God intended, without biting your family or pets. Another win-win situation. Give us a call to find out more!
And pick up some of the Protect Pollinators Forever stamps. You can’t lick them. (Cause they’re self-stick. Get it?)