Virtual Mantle 2014

As our lives become more digitized, the relatively new tradition of sending holiday “e-greetings” continues to grow. I for one embrace this tradition, as it doesn’t really replace the old tradition of sending actual cards but rather expands the scope of people with whom I can exchange greetings. I still send “real” cards to family and close, personal friends, but I can now also send greetings to the many entomologist/natural historian friends and colleagues with whom I’ve interacted over the past year. For several years now I’ve used the “photoshopped Santa hat theme” (see 2011’s Santa Jaws, 2012’s Buprestis saintnicholasii, and last year’s Felizard Navidad), but this year I decided to send a more “super-powered” greeting!

My entomologist friends and colleagues are also increasingly joining in the act, and just as many people hang holiday cards on their fireplace mantle, I like to hang holiday e-cards on the virtual mantle here at BitB—see my virtual mantles from 2012 and 2013. This year I received greetings from entomologists both here in the USA and the far flung continents of Europe, Asia, and Australia! If you didn’t send me an e-card this year, I hope you’ll consider sending me one in 2015.

Daniele Baiocchi—Rome, Italy

Daniele Baiocchi—Rome, Italy

Svata Bílý—Prague, Czech Republic

Svata Bílý—Prague, Czech Republic

Gianfranco Curletti, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Carmagnola, Italy

Gianfranco Curletti, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Carmagnola, Italy

Eduard Jendek, State Forest Products Research Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia

Eduard Jendek, State Forest Products Research Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia

Mark Kalashian, Institute of Zoology, Yerevan, Armenia

Mark Kalashian, Institute of Zoology, Yerevan, Armenia

Allan Smith-Pardo, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, South San Francisco, California, USA

Allan Smith-Pardo, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, South San Francisco, California, USA

Pham, Hong Thai, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi

Pham, Hong Thai, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi

Stanislav Prepsl, Vyškov, Czech Republic

Stanislav Prepsl, Vyškov, Czech Republic

Robert Sites, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Robert Sites, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Ilja Trojan, South Moravia, Czech Republic

Ilja Trojan, South Moravia, Czech Republic

Mark Volkovitsh, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

Mark Volkovitsh, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

Bill Warner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Bill Warner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Bill Warner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Bill Warner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Goeff Williams, Australian Museum, Sydney South, New South Wales

Goeff Williams, Australian Museum, Sydney South, New South Wales

Junsuke Yamasako, University of Tokyo, Japan

Junsuke Yamasako, University of Tokyo, Japan

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2014

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!

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