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Rusty-patched Bumble Bee - Bombus Affinis


Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue May 1, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 700,000
Perforation or Dimension Simulated Perforation
Series Bees
Series Time Span 2018
Printer Canadian Bank Note
Postal Administration Canada

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Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $2.25
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Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 140,000
Original Price: $8.50
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 31 mm x 31 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Cancellation Location: Grand Bend, ON
Original Price: $2.70
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

When bees begin to appear, it is a sure sign that summer is on the way – and designer Andrew Perro and illustrator Dave Murray have come up with a honey of an issue to help celebrate.

Experts believe there are approximately 4,000 species of bees native to North America. Two of the more than 850 species native to Canada can be found on our latest stamp issue.

The rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), once common in parts of Ontario and Quebec, was the first bee species to be listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The metallic green bee (Agapostemon virescens), one of many sweat bee species, digs its nest in the ground and can be found throughout southern Ontario. The Official First Day Cover features another Canadian native – a small eastern resin bee (Anthidiellum notatum), which constructs a unique nest from resin and gravel.

This issue’s distinctive design is bound to create some buzz. Don’t get stung – get yours now!


Design: Andrew Perro | Illustration: Dave Murray

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