Virtual Mantle 2013

One of my favorite customs over the holidays is exchanging Christmas e-cards with my fellow entomologist/natural historian friends and colleagues. On the sending side, I’m especially fond of the “insect-with-Photoshopped-Santa-hat” variety (see 2011’s Santa Jaws and 2012’s Buprestis saintnicholasii), but I broke from the insect part of the theme this year and instead used a lizard to wish everybody a Felizard Navidad! On the receiving side, and in the spirit of my first Virtual Mantle post last year, here are the e-cards that I received for my virtual mantle this year from entomologists as near as neighboring Illinois and as far as Europe and Asia! If you didn’t send me an e-card this year, I hope you’ll consider sending one to me in 2014!

Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Sam Heads, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign

Sam Heads, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign

Mark Kalashian,  National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan

Mark Kalashian, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan

Denis Keith, Muséum des Sciences Naturelles et de Préhistoire 5bis, Chartres, France

Denis Keith, Muséum des Sciences Naturelles et de Préhistoire 5bis, Chartres, France

Hong Thai Pham, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hong Thai Pham, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi, Vietnam

Erico Ruzzier, Mirano, Italy

Erico Ruzzier, Mirano, Italy

Ilja Trojan, South Moravia, Czech Republic

Ilja Trojan, South Moravia, Czech Republic

Eduard Vives, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Barcelona,  Spain

Eduard Vives, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Barcelona, Spain

Junsuke Yamasako, Ehime University, Tarumi, Matsuyama, Japan

Junsuke Yamasako, Ehime University, Tarumi, Matsuyama, Japan

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2013

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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2 Responses to Virtual Mantle 2013

  1. pgcpsmess says:

    I love Ecuador. Happy new year!

  2. Adrian Ruicanescu says:

    Happy New Year Ted.

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