Honey bees, which can survive for months without food or water, are now a common sight in Australian supermarkets.
They are also an iconic symbol of the country’s history, with some parts of the state even celebrating the first beekeepers.
And the number of the bees has been on the rise, particularly in rural communities, with numbers up more than 10 per cent in the past year.
A survey by the Australian Beekeepers Association shows more than 3.5 million bees were in Australian stores in January, a rise of more than 25 per cent on the same month last year.
And beekeepers have been using the stamps as a way to show their support for the bees, as well as to buy honey and produce.
A poll by the Beekeepers of Australia revealed more than 2,500 people had received a stamp, which came with a small reward for the first person to return it to the store.
One of the first people to get a stamp is a local farmer named Bob, who got a stamp in a Sydney supermarket.
He says he is so happy to have it.
“I have been a beekeeper for a long time and I’m happy to be a bee keeper now, because I feel so honoured to have received a Honey Bee stamp,” he said.
“It means a lot to me.”
The stamp can also be used to give gifts.
“You can send a stamp to someone who’s going to be your grandchild or someone who is going to care for you, it can be for them to do some things like feed you,” Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones says he can’t imagine going without a bee at all.
“A bee in my yard is a very special thing,” he told the ABC.
He said he was particularly excited about the chance to show his support for bees by making the stamps himself. “
If you didn’t have bees you wouldn’t be able to do this work, but I think that is the case for the world as a whole.”
He said he was particularly excited about the chance to show his support for bees by making the stamps himself.
“We have bees, we have flowers, we love bees and we don’t want to see them die, but it is also something we can do for other people who are struggling to get by,” he added.
“That is the best thing I can say.
It’s a really nice gesture to me, I think it’s going really well.” ABC/AAP