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The monarch butterfly and western honeybee are two of North America's most important pollinators. These stamps were issued to encourage people to plant more flower gardens to help dwindling pollinator populations recover. The pane of 20 stamps was arranged to resemble a field of native North American wildflowers. They pay tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators in our ecosystem.
Crop pollination by insects contributes some $15 billion of produce tot he US economy each year. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators need our help. You can help butterflies, bees, and other pollinators by planting gardens that include gardens with flowers that are native to your area. Together, we can help turn the decline around and be sure pollinators will be around for generations to come.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever
Issued: August 3, 2017
First Day City: Richmond, VA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Method: Offset printing in sheets of 180
Format: Pane of 20 (5 Designs)
Quantity Printed: 60,000,000 stamps