The Beauty of Pollinators to be Celebrated

July 21, 2017 @USPS

Protect Pollinators Forever stamps



First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Protect Pollinators Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public.



U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shaprio
U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner
American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais
The Pollinator Partnership President & CEO Val Dolcini



Thurs., Aug. 3 @ noon



American Philatelic Society (APS) National Summer Convention StampShow
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N. Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The event is free, open to the public, and attendees can register on-site at APS registration.

Please share the news on social media using the hashtags #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps. The stamps may be pre-ordered at this link for delivery shortly after the Aug. 3 issuance.



The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

The stamps from top left to right feature a monarch and a coneflower (photo by Karen Mayford); a monarch and a zinnia (photo by Bonnie Sue Rauch); a monarch and a goldenrod (photo by Justin Fowler); a western honeybee and a golden ragwort (photo by George D. Lepp); and in the second row, the second image from the left, a western honeybee and a New England aster (photo by Michael Durham). The remaining stamps in this pane of 20 are showcased in a scattered arrangement reminiscent of a field of wildflowers. The selvage photograph features a monarch and a goldenrod — a different view of the same two species depicted on one of the stamps (photo by Justin Fowler).



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