When 17th century apothecary and naturalist James Petiver published a picture of what, for 200 years, would be Britain's most enigmatic butterfly, Albin's Hampstead Eye, he reported: "Where it was caught by this curious person". His implication was that Eleazar Albin was not just strange, not just odd, but was fuelled by curiosity.
These are some of the books and other projects going on at the moment......
Ants – the ultimate social insects. British Wildlife Collection
Crawling into a bookshop near you. All myths about pants and pantries are dispelled. It contains one limerick.
A way with worms
My fave rhyme is limerick brevity,
Five lines and a twist in th'extremity.
The words quite a mash-up,
Dr Seuss/ Ogden Nash-up —
Gravitas with a smidgeon of levity.
Dylan Thomas wondered deeply about the worth of wasps. Although we are not told which authors wrote them, among the 'useful' presents he recieved were 'books that told me everything about the wasp, except why. This is the why.
Beetles — in the Collins New Naturalist series
I like beetles, I like them very much indeed, so I wrote a book about them.
Call of nature: the secret life of dung
A key selling point is the fact that the spine of the book is adorned with an elephant's bottom. Publication: February 2017.
House guests, house pests
A natural history of animals in the home. Click here for details of how to get the now scarce hardback.
The paperbacks were released into the wild in February 2016
How to be a curious entomologist
A series of introductory 'how to' workshops/ seminars. Click here for follow-up information.
Published August 2012. How an irritating but trivial gnat became imbued with dark menace well beyond its diminutive size.
Garden Wildlife blog, mostly creepy crawlies, but also the occasional bluetit, fox or bat. Don't mention cats though.