Singapore and Thailand will each release a joint stamp issue on 18 September featuring desserts. There will be 2 stamps with a miniature sheet issued by Singapore Post.
Bumblebees, Honeybees and solitary bee species are the unsung heroes of Britain’s ecology: pollinating our food crops, keeping farms in business and enabling our parks, gardens and countryside to thrive. It would be impossible to underestimate the significance of bees, or their worrying decline. This vibrant Special issue features two First Day Covers, as well as a fascinating Presentation Pack.
The development of tourism in the last 50 years mirrors the remarkable trajectory that Singapore has taken in these decades. The country has blossomed into a modern cosmopolitan destination with strong local character, one of the truly global hubs in Asia. In the process of doing so, we inspire our guests in both their personal and professional lives and strengthen the pride of residents who call Singapore home.
Date of issue: 31 October 2014
The 35 cent stamp, identified by its bright blue upper parts and rusty red breast, this male bluebird is perching on a Bermuda cedar [Juniperus bermudiana] branch. The bluebird is 7 inches long. It feeds on earthworms, cut worms and caterpillars and also berries. Once it nested in cedar trees but now it almost always relies on nesting boxes for breeding.
The 85 cent stamp is represented by a female bluebird lying in its nest of dried grasses inside a nesting box. The female is solely responsible for building the nest and for incubating the eggs. It lays 4 or 5 pale blue eggs between March and August. They take 13 to 15 days to hatch.
The $1.10 stamp is a male bluebird may be encouraging a female to build a nest in the box. Every year the Bermuda Audubon Society holds a workshop on building bluebird boxes to the correct specifications. The boxes are usually made with spruce or pine shelving. The entrance hole is 1½ inches wide, effectively keeping out Starlings. Boxes should be regularly monitored, however, to keep out sparrows.
The $1.25 stamp displays the differences between the male and female bluebird.The female on top of the box is much duller in colour. In contrast, the male is more vibrantly blue. Here it is indulging in display behaviour to entice the female into using the box.
Montserrat Philatelic Bureau will issue a Space Anniversaries issue on 5 June 2014 to commemorate the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of Galileo Galilei who was known as the “Father of Modern Science.”
Galileo Galilei excelled in the fields of science, philosophy, astronomy, and mathematics. He also made great discoveries and observations through his studies and theories.
One of Galileo’s areas of focus was that of the sun-centred solar system, through the improvements that he made to the telescope.
A set of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet will be made available.
Singapore will be issuing a set of 5 stamps titled Let’s Celebrate on 26 March 2014. This issue replaces the Sports Hub Stamp Issue which originally scheduled to be released in March.
There will also be self adhesive sheets containing 50c, $1 stamps and a booklet containing 10 x 1st Local Self Adhesive stamps.
Montserrat will be issuing a set of Hummingbirds stamps on 22 April 2014. There will be a sheetlet of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet of 2 stamps.
The sheetlet will feature:
Bronze- Tailed Plumeleteer (Chalybura urochrysia )
White- Bellied Mountaingem (Oreopyra hemileucus)
Olivaceous Thornbill (Chalcostigma olivaceum)
White-Bellied Emerald (Amazitia candida)
The Souvenir Sheet feature:
Chestnut- Breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)