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Entomological Vase

view of full vase, light reddish brown in color, tall and narrow, with various insect figures sculpted into the outside. insects include cicadas, moths, bees, beetles, dragonflies, ants, and more. viewed in front of a pure white background.

A ceramic vase featuring dozens of insects wowed attendees and earned the top honors at the juried art show at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia in November. Sarah Ritchie, an independent artist based in Alberta, Canada, says the 2-foot-tall vase features nearly 40 insect “specimens,” an homage to natural history collections and their power to enhance our understanding of biological diversity and taxonomy. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Ritchie)

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