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Date of Issue : 2023.05.19
Types : 2
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3677
Printing Process
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Size of Stamp : 34.6 × 40
: 4 × 4
Image Area : 34.6 × 40
Paper : null
Perforation : 13 × 13
Printer : POSA
Designer : Kim Mihwa
Quantity : null
According to the analyses of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over 70% of the top 100 crops that account for 90% of all foods worldwide are produced by pollination of honey bees. Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp series Honey Bee to introduce honey bees, which make great contributions to the cultivation of plants and production of crops. Among countless different kinds of insects, honey bees (Apis mellifera) are “pollinators” that carry pollen to help with pollination and crop production of plants. Honey bees use static force to cover their bodies with pollen and make them into ball-like shapes before attaching them to their hind legs. Honey bees’ hind legs have long, dense hair as well as a “pollen basket” to which honey or pollen gets attached easily. They fly from one flower to the next to diligently deliver the pollen they have gathered in their baskets and, in return, they eat delicious and nutrient-rich honey or pollen from the flowers. Throughout this process, honey bees help with the pollination of plants. According to a paper published by the Korean Society of Applied Entomology in 2022, the economic value of honey bees is estimated to be about KRW 6.7 trillion. Therefore, the Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency operates the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Honey Bees for intensive control to protect and preserve their such high economic value. However, the number and species diversity of honey bees have recently been on a rapid decline due to climate change and environment pollution, and this leads to concerns over collapse of the ecosystem and food crises for mankind. The UN designated May 20 as World Bee Day to promulgate the importance of bees that are in danger today as a result of changes to the ecosystem. Many countries and corporations around the world are making diverse efforts to save honey bees that serve a critical role in our ecosystem. The commemorative stamps feature images of honey bees collecting pollen from flowers and storing honey in honeycombs. We hope this stamp series serves as an opportunity to ruminate on the importance of honey bees and think about what you can do for humans` coexistence with honey bees.