Virtual Mantle 2012

In recent years a truly delightful custom has developed among taxonomic entomologists—Photoshopped e-Christmas cards featuring their favorite insects! This should not be a surprising development—connectivity among scientists from around the world is at an all-time high, as is their access to digital cameras and imaging software. And, of course, what better subject for such cards could one ask for than insects (especially beetles, I might add)? It’s hard to resist anthropomorphizing them, with their buggy eyes and comical expressions, but their outright beauty makes them perfect also as pure ornaments. I did my first one last year (Santa Jaws), and for this year’s version I created Buprestis saintnicholasii. Following are the e-Christmas cards on my virtual mantle this year, received from beetle taxonomists as far and wide as Arizona, California, Oregon, Bulgaria, Germany and Romania!

I really enjoy getting these—if I’m not already on your e-Christmas card mailing list please consider adding me in 2013!


Chuck & Rose Bellamy – Sacramento, California


Mark Kalashian – Yerevan, Armenia


Hans Mühle – Munich, Germany


Adrian Ruicanescu – Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Bill Warner – Phoenix, Arizona


Bill Warner – Phoenix, Arizona


Rick & Kathy Westcott – Salem, Oregon


Victor Gashtarov – Sofia, Bulgaria

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2012

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 2012

  1. Vinod S Kukanur says:

    Merry Christmas And Very very Happy New Year Dr. MacRae   

  2. nutsfortreasure says:

    Wishing you a BUG FILLED New Year!



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