Insecta deck pre-orders, & imaginary species stories

Now the crowd-funding for my new playing card project, Insecta Deck, has wrapped up, I’ve set up pre-ordering here - because a lot of folks have contacted me saying they missed the Kickstarter! You can pre-order decks, uncut sheet, and books, which will ship by September. Below you can find one of the imaginary species from the 10 of Spades, and it’s description in the Insect Deck artbook.

Prints will not be available for pre-order until all kickstarter backers have chosen their print rewards, but you can contact me here if you want to be added to the waiting list for any particular card design as a limited edition print.

The 10 of Spades original drawing will be available soon via aspex gallery,so stay tuned for more on that next week!

Image description/alt text; the top left corner of a playing card design featuring 10 big-eyed bugs, each with a white spade symbol on its back.

Geocoris insatiabilis (voracious big eyed bug)

Description

This species takes both its taxonomic and common names from its insatiable appetite and voracious consumption of small insect pests. Like many deck-dwelling bugs in genera that usually produce noxious odors, the voracious big eyed bug produces a pleasant fragrance instead, to keep card players on their side. It releases a scent reminiscent of geranium oil when disturbed. It is believed to have evolved from Geocoris species introduced to control whitefly, mites, and other pests in formal gardens and topiary. Once introduced into outdoor spaces at casinos and bars, this incredibly hungry miniature eating machine rapidly moved in and adapted to life indoors. It has been widely encouraged for it’s ability to keep down populations of fruit fly attracted to vegetable waste in commercial kitchens, destructive insect larvae in card collections, and many species of indoor mites.

Distribution & habitat; ubiquitous in temperate areas, possibly transported on the clothing of card players.

Diet; feeds on any other arthropod it can get its mouth-parts on, and is particularly fond of larvae.

Relationships & behaviour; while it’s pleasant odor and pest-controlling habits lead to genial relationships with most humans, other small insects associated with cardistry are understandably keen to give it a wide berth. It often congregates in groups to feed, or just to discuss available meal options.

Image description/alt text; a colour pencil drawing of a big-eyed bug, labelled as  Geocoris insatiabilis  (voracious big-eyed bug)