Leilani Walker (@lanipai)

Concept, project management and website content

I’m a PhD student at the University of Auckland who started out studying insects but has since defected to work on New Zealand sheet-web spiders (Cambridgea). I grew up playing cards from Scum and Speed  during school breaks to 500 for hours over the summer. Combining my love for insects with a favourite past-time seemed like a natural step and I hope we can use the deck to spread a bit of love for our native invert fauna which we just don’t hear enough about.

Emma Scheltema (@e_scheltema)

Illustration and design

I studied Ecology as an undergraduate at The University of Auckland and now enjoy translating my love for the natural world into scientific and children’s illustrations. I’m currently studying medical illustration at AUT.

I have always been fascinated by insects and feel very lucky to have been able to work on this project with Leilani. I hope the cards will help to get people interested in learning about (and conserving) our rich, diverse and often weird native creepy crawlies easily missed amongst the birds and cetaceans.

You can read about the process of illustrating for the Insects of New Zealand playing card project here.

Chrissie Painting (@cpaintingnz)

Website content and wellspring of good sense

I’m a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland where I spend my time pondering about weapon evolution in insects and arachnids. While I now work on whacky long-legged harvestmen I will always have a soft spot for the New Zealand giraffe weevil, which was the focus of my PhD research. I’ve been lucky that my research has taken me to some exciting places around the globe, which is great because I love to travel and spend my time discovering new charismatic mini-fauna.