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Brilliant Bugs stamps

Royal Entomological Society President Prof Helen Roy Hon. FRES has developed with Royal Mail, and illustrator Richard Lewington FRES, Brilliant Bugs, a new set of stamps celebrating UK pollinating insects.

The insect species featured are:

  • Common carder bee, Bombus pascuorum
  • Marmalade hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus
  • Elephant hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor
  • Longhorn beetle, Rutpela maculata
  • Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui
  • Ruby-tailed wasp, Chrysis ignita agg


You can read Helen's story about the stamp development process on the UKCEH website.

The stamps are available to buy on the Royal Mail website, with souvenir, presentation pack, first day cover and various display options available.

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