One (1) FIRST DAY COVER in title from the 2018 Canada Post BEES Issue
2018 BEES First Day Cover
The featured bees are the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) and a metallic green bee (Agapostemon virescens). Once widespread in southern Ontario and Quebec, the rusty-patched bumble bee was the first bee species to be assessed as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Since 2002, the only sightings of this bee in Canada have been at Pinery Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Huron, near Grand Bend, Ontario. The metallic green bee – a species of sweat bee (named for their attraction to the salt in human perspiration) – digs its nest in the ground and is often seen flying around with a heavy load of pollen on its back legs.