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Miniature Monsters From The Underworld - Garden Insects and Pests
The garden seemed a welcome retreat to the colossal carnage and devastation caused by WW1. But lying in wait beneath the foliage remained an enemy even more formidable than before, an opponent that could survive an all out nuclear attack and would probably outlive us all - the garden pest.
Very few cigarette card sets were issued purely on entomology, but this is one of those rare insect gems. As well as highlighting the gardeners’ foes, it pays tribute to their underrated friends – the ladybird (or ladybug) and the garden spider. It goes on to describe a whole host of destructive miniature monsters from the underworld. I’ve done my best in listing the titles of all these ancient collectors’ cards below.
WD and HO Wills, Garden Life , 1914 (50 cards)
Mealy Bug,Click - Beetle, Wire Worm,Garden Snail,Red Spider,Lace-wing Fly,Devil's Coach - Horse Beetle,Large White Butterfly,Cuckoo Spit Insect,Celery Fly,.Cockchafa,Leaf-cutting Bee,Magpie Currant Moth,Aphides,Green Fly,Ichneumon Fly,Hover Fly,, Lady-birds,Ladybirds,Plum Fruit Saw - Fly,Pear Midge,pea Moth,Vine Louse,Garden Spider,Coding Moth,Small Ermine Moth,Earwigs,Apple Sucker,Centipedes,Snail - Slug,Millepedes,Crane - Fly,Raspberry Beetle,Rose Chafer,Apple Saw - Fly,Pear and Cherry Saw -, Fly,Cherry Aphis,Cabbage Moth,Lackey Moth,Winter Moths,Plum Fruit Moth,Ants ,Mussel Scale Insect,Wasp and nest,Woodlice,Woolly Aphis,Weevils,Slugs,Thrips,Currant Gall Mite,Mottled Umber Moth,Vapourer Moths,Tiger Beetle
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