In Rumania the forests receive special attention every year. Because in 2009 it is the 30th Luna pädurii. You can also see it on a third cover. By the way: on the third cover is pictured the tree Sophora japonica, a very good forage plant for bees.
But now the postmark. On it is illustrated a bumble bee and a honeybee. But what is the connection with Jean de la Fontaine ? On www.bienenmarken.de is suggested the fable "Frelons et les Mouches ä miel" from his first fable book.
Jean de la Fontaine wrote in a dialect, so manches ä miel are not honey flies but honeybees. Thus the right translation is "The Hornets and the Bees". But neither on the covers nor on the postmark is a hornet seen.
So the big question remains: what is Jean de la Fontaine doing on these Rumanian items ???
by Jan de Crom
taken from "The Postal Bee" 1/2009
Contact Group Bee Philately