I was considering naming this post ‘Naskrecki and Me’, but the humble (pseudo-)Canadian in me won out…
Hey! I made the ESA calendar! I received my copies of the calendar just before Christmas. Not one, but two of my images are in the new 2012 Entomological Society of America calendar. Not only is it cool to be in a calendar produced by a major entomological society, but there I am along one of the greatest bug photographers the world has ever known, Piotr Naskrecki!!!
(Sorry about the exclamation marks, it won’t happen again…)
To do a BugGeek: – “…swoon!”.
I am ready to die now.
A quick overview of the calendar is in order. The opening page introduces the ESA and the benefits of membership, and features my Tachinid fly image. January displays a bold image (Naskreccki) of forktailed bush katydid in the process of laying eggs between the epidermal layers of a leaf edge. February features a stunning image by Thomas Myers, with a precisely timed shot of a long-horned beetle (Deliathis buquetii) facing into the camera, its wings spread for take-off. March (Myers) shows the profile of a horned Fulgorid planthopper, with the full length of ‘hopper in focus. April is a detailed and moody Formica ant portrait by Laurie Knight; while May features a close-up view of a well-armed stable fly by Hélio Soares Júnior. A striking image of the cast skin of a speckled sharpshooter (Cicadellidae: Paraulacizes irrorata) is featured for June; while July displays a mating pair of western red-bellied tiger beetles, also by Naskrecki. August features the image you see on the calendar cover (above), which are puddling butterflies from a river bank in Guyana, photographed by Naskrecki, who also took the September image: a close look at the heads of two trap-jaw ants. October features another striking image (by, guess who?..Naskreki, of course!) of a South African ‘koringkriek’, a big spiky heterodine katydid. November features my autumn-colored close-up of a saffron-winged meadowhawk; and the year ends with a stark image of a Wasp Mantisfly (Climaciella brunnea) by Ikju Park.
This great calendar is still being offered for sale at the ESA site for a mere $12 per calendar ($8 for members).