New stock and Second Edition

Good afternoon all! Thanks very much for your patience regarding an update on the playing cards. We have a couple exciting bits of news.

  1. Firstly, manufacture on our second order of cards is almost complete and the new decks will be shipped on the 5th or 6th April.
  2. We opted to ship by sea rather than air this time so shipping to NZ should take about 3 weeks. We were really keen to ship by air up until the very end when we found out that it would cost us 1900USD. At that cost we had to opt for the significantly cheaper (but slower) sea freight (about $600USD).
  3. We have several physical retailers in a range of centres. These include the Auckland Museum, New Plymouth Museum, and Pauanesia in Auckland. We will update with a full list of retailers in the next couple of weeks.
  4. We are taking pre-orders for the next set of cards. Drop us a message if you would like us to reserve some packs for you (via the Facebook page or at nzinsectcards[ at ]gmail.com).
  5. Finally (and this is the biggest thing) but one of the reasons for manufacture taking a little longer is that this next lot will actually be the second edition of playing cards and not just a restock of the first set of designs. It’s the same set of insects but, based on feedback from the first pack and a couple errors we spotted ourselves, there were enough changes which justified calling it the second edition.

Main changes in the second edition include:

  1. Common insect names (in addition to scientific names)
  2. Removal of glow from the abdomen of the adult glow worm
  3. Second edition stamp. The tuck box is otherwise unchanged.

To elaborate on the common name thing. We opted to only include the scientific name in our first edition for a couple reasons. Number 1: We were worried that there wouldn’t be enough room and that if we included too much text it might be difficult to read. Number 2: Some of our featured species don’t have very specific common names. Also multiple species have the same common name. As an example, the term “giraffe weevil” could refer to a native weevil species or to a weevil which is found only in Madagascar.

The giraffe weevil on the left is Trachelophorus giraffa which is endemic to Madagascar. The giraffe weevil on the right is a male Lasiorhynchus barbicornis sitting on a tree in the Waitakere ranges.

But since we released the first edition, we’ve received a lot of feedback and had the chance to think things over. We realised that, while common names aren’t that helpful for looking up information, they’re a really useful tool for learning and memorising different common insects.

With only a bit of rearranging, we think we’ve managed to include both the common and the scientific names with only minimal changes to the size of the illustrations. Thanks so much to everyone who provided feedback on this point – we would not have realised this important point on our own and believe that the cards will be much improved for the change!

Many thanks,

Leilani and Emma

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