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16 October 1989
5/1989
Commemorative Issue

Bee-keping in Cyprus

Cyprus
Although apiculture was known in Cyprus since ancient times, as Virgil says "The Gods of antiquity were fed with the honey of the wonderful bees of the Cypriot Olympus" it remained stagnant for many centuries. However, in recent years apiculture greatly developed in the island technologically and exploitation wise.

In Cyprus we have an excellent kind of bee called the "Cyprian bee" especially characterized for its great production of honey, its activity and ability to resist dry and hot weather conditions.

Cyprus honey is chiefly nectar honey originating from thyme, French lavender, citrus trees, eucalyptus trees, wild germander, heliotropium, tare, sumach and other plants.

Apiculture is carried out on a nomadic basis aiming at the full exploitation of all flowering periods in Cyprus.

The Department of Postal Services which symbolically wants to depict apiculture in Cyprus presents four stamps.

Text: Georghios Papandreou, Agricultural Super-intendent.
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Female bee-workers looking after the newly born little lavrae  

Female bee-workers looking after the newly born little lavrae

Female bee-worker in her effort to collect pollen from a rock-rose flower  

Female bee-worker in her effort to collect pollen from a rock-rose flower

Female worker bee in her effort to collect nectar from the lemon flower  

Female worker bee in her effort to collect nectar from the lemon flower

Queen surrounded by the bee-maids  

Queen surrounded by the bee-maids

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Bee-keping in Cyprus

Technical Information

Designer: Michaelides
Size: 38 x 30 mm
Quantities:
c3: 250000
c18: 200000
c10: 250000
c15: 1000000
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