Mr. Crabtree Crusades: Insects and Flowers of the Iron Age

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And now direct from England the world’s most conscientious ecology cartoon feature. A little overstated for our American tastes, perhaps, but full of real meat, nonetheless. Ah, if we only had a cartoon series like this on our side of the pond! But, since we don’t MOTHER EARTH NEWS presents Mr. Crabtree Crusades! Man made rot is eating at the heart of nature. We are despoiling the heritage of our sons, our grandsons, and their grandsons.

Read this issue’s entire comic strip in the Image Gallery.

Mr. Crabtree Crusades: Insects and Flowers of the Iron Age

The prehistoric ditch comes as a surprise and delight to
Peter. Never before has Peter seen them, or the many other
He has grown up so far in a world that has ceased to be
able to butterflies that hover among the flowers in this,
to him, show such things as he finds there. The downy
black, white, and enchanted place. He did not know such
flowers grew scarlet of the red admiral butterfly
fascinates him. Then he sees wild as the clustered
bellflower that he scrambles to pick. six-spot burnets,
deep bottle green and red-spotted, that Mr. These things
have been a birthright of children until we Crabtree
remembers as a pleasure of drowsy mid-summer days. denied
them that.

Peter’s delighted fascination among the insects and
flowers of the iron Age ditch recalls vividly to Mr. Crabtree
the childhood world he remembers. He wishes fiercely that it
should be that same world for Peter and all his generation
and future generations. He tells Peter of summer meadows,
woods, and stream banks where insects hummed and fluttered,
and flowers grew, untouched by sprays or any other malignant
work of man. Summer evenings, he recalls, had a soft warmth
seldom coming now, which brought on the wing hosts of moths,
bats, zooming beetles. Was this world, that had made magic of
his childhood, to be entirely denied to Peter and those after
him? Nature, given a chance, can still recover.

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