|2014: Alderney Ladybirds (Designer: Petula Stone)|
The bottom line of stamps features an Orange ladybird which feeds on the fungal diseases on leaves, such as mildew. Living high in deciduous trees it often flies at night and its presence is seen as an indicator of the ancient nature of a particular woodland. Lastly we have a species that is pretty but lethal, the Harlequin. Introduced into Europe because of its effectiveness at eliminating aphids it soon became apparent that it ate virtually all insects, including other ladybirds.
1)Northern Colletes (Colletes floralis) on a Wild Carrot; 2) Scabious Bee (the largest solitary bee) on yes you have guessed it, a Field Scabious flower. 3) The Great Yellow Bumblebee on a Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) while it forages in grassland. 4) the Bilberry Bumblebee which likes to be at higher altitudes and feed on bilberry plants (Vaccinium myrtillus) 5) Large Mason Bee, Britain's rarest solitary bee, on a Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) and lastly 6) Potter Flower Bee (Anthophora retusa) on Ground Ivy.
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - invertebrates - for more spineless wonders See It On A Postcard