Title Details

Trouble for Insects

The work of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in its efforts to overcome insect pests.
Year : 1952 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Shan Benson |
Title : Dedicated to every man who tries to make a garden, or even to sleep in a garden. White suburban house amongst trees. Man in F/G sets himself up on a hammock strung between two trees, pours a drink, lays back to read newspaper but is interrupted by flies buzzing around. CU on ants nest. Man swats flies with fly swatter. Fly lands on his face. Comic sequence. CU of fly floating in glass of drink.
Access No. 108693 | 1 min 22 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
CU of fly with wings fluttering. Man in white coat in CSIRO laboratory. There is cage of flies in FG. Scientist places his hand into container and picks up fly and administers a microscopic dose of poison under a microscope. CU of fly dying. Man spraying plants with insecticide using a hand pump metal spray can. CU of larvae. CUs of cabbage moth, white butterfly, green vegetable bug,
Access No. 108708 | 1 min 31 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of interior of Division of Entomology in Canberra where parasites are being bred. Female researcher catches insects with a suction gun. CU of cabbage moth eggs and larvae.
Access No. 108720 | 1 min 13 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
Man gardening then leans back onto wooden fence railing which breaks and he almost falls. CU of termites or white ants in wooden rails of fence. Scientist doing experiment with termites showing the damage the termites have done to blocks of wood in the earth.
Access No. 108726 | 58 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
CU of digging at a termite nest with a pick then putting nest through a sieve to sift out the termites. CU on a tray of crawling termites. Inside laboratory. Good CUs of termites and CU of masses of termites moving around on a perspex plate. Research to see what termites eat and which woods they like best. Good Cus of termites coming out of holes in wood.
Access No. 108732 | 2 mins 11 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
CU on cabbage moth aphid. Scientist looks through microscope. Laboratory equipment. Woman in white coat working in commercial nursery. Exterior of CSIRO (?) building. Light plane flies low over crops spraying DDT - crop dusting linseed crops. VS of research to attack Australia's insect pests. Fumigation tents over orchard trees, cattle. Two CSIRO scientists load a termite mound into truck. CU of larvae and insect. Man on hammock in front of house.
Access No. 108733 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |