Biographical dictionary

The Biographical Dictionary of British Coleopterists is compiled and maintained by Michael Darby. The Dictionary can be accessed below, and see also the additional information provide by Michael:

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Published the capture of Sphodrus leucophthalmus L. in a jug of water in the cellar of his house Aldridge Cottage, Little Milton, Oxon in August 1945 (EMM., 81, 1945, 252) (MD 8/17)

ALLSOP, Henry Stuart b. 9 November 1912 Born in Sileby, Leicester. Became Chairman and Managing Director of Timber Decay Co. Retired in November 1977 but continued interested in wood boring Coleoptera.FRES from 1966 (MD 3/03)

Presented 660 beetles from Austria, Java and Borneo to the NHM in 1954/55 after earlier gifts (1933-35) of 216 from Albania and France collected with N. Y. Sandwith and N. D. Simpson respectively.  (MD 8/17)

AMOS, Terence George

Attached to the Victorian Plant Research Institute, Swan Street, Burnley 3121, Victoria, Australia, but worked previously for the Tropical Stored Products Research Centre at Slough. Wrote this Ph.D thesis on 'Studies on the orientation behaviour of Carpophilus hemipterus L. and C. dimidiatus F. and other stored products beetles in humidity gradients' (St. Andrews University, 1965). Subsequently  published 'Some observations on locomotory activity of Carpophilus hemipterus L. and C. dimidiatus F.', EMM.,103, 1967, 241; 'Some laboratory observations on the rates of development, mortality and oviposition of Dermestes frischii (Kug.) Journal Stored Products Research, 4, 1968,'103-17; 'Some observations on Oryzaephilus surinamensis  (L.) in a temperature-moisture gradient', Ent, 101, 1968, 67-70; and on 'Longevity of Dermestes frischii (Kug.)', EMM., 107, 1971, 79. He was elected FRES in 1961. (MD 8/17)


Published 'The supply of oxygen to the active flight muscles of Petrognatha gigas (F.) in Ent. , 98, 1965, 88-94, with P.L.Miller. At that time he was attached to the Department of Zoology at Oxford University. (MD 8/17)



Published an account of the discovery of  Harmonia quadripunctata (Pont.) in Oxon. in EMM., 115, 1979, 34 at which time he was attached to the Hope Department at Oxford. (MD 8/17)


Discovered Coccinella andersoni named after him by Thomas Wollaston (Information from Mike Morris) (MD 8/17)

ANDERSON, Joseph d. 1934? Best known as a Hampshire Lepidopterist but amongst his extensive list of publications are several pieces on other groups including beetles, for example ‘Winter quarters of Coccinellidae’, Scientific Gossip, 11, 1875, p.166 and ‘The scales of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera’, Young Naturalist, 1, 1879-80, pp.27-29. Anderson lived in Chichester for much of his life. (MD 7.01)

Collected 35 beetles in Northen China acquired by the NHM in 1908. (MD 8/17)


7 beetles amongst various insects collected by Anderson in Africa, Australia and Colombia were part of the Imperial Bureau of Entomology gift to the NHM in April 1921. (MD 8/17)