About

Richard Jones is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and of the Linnean Society of London, and past president of the British Entomological and Natural History Society.

Trust me, I'm an entomologist.

Trust me, I’m an entomologist.

He has been fascinated by wildlife since a childhood exploring the South Downs and Sussex Weald after plants and insects. He now writes about insects, wildlife and the environment for the likes of BBC Wildlife, Gardeners’ World and Countryfile and has regular radio appearances on programmes like Radio 4’s Home Planet and Woman’s Hour.

He is author of several books on insects and wildlife including: Create Ponds, Attract Wildlife and Control Pests (Impact Publishing and Henry Doubleday Research Association, 2004/2005), Nano Nature (Harper Collins, 2008), Beekeeper’s Bible (HarperCollins, 2010), Extreme Insects (HarperCollins, 2010, now in paperback).

In Mosquito one of the award-winning Animal series (Reaktion Books, August 2012) he recounts the sly history of mosquitoes’ relationship with mankind, and their transformation from an annoying, but trivial, gnat into a dark and serious disease-carrying menace that kills 700,000 people a year.

On a lighter note, The Little Book of Nits was published by Bloomsbury in May 2012. Head lice are on the resurgence, but almost everything you think you know, or have been told, about these tiny irritating little blighters, will almost certainly be wrong. And his other blog Nit Heads, is all about the wonderful world of head lice. Scratch. Scratch.

He also writes an award-winning  blog on wildlife at www.gardenersworld.com (no head lice there yet, but plenty of other creepy crawlies). Cats get the occasional mention too, much to the distress of some irate gardeners. And don’t mention fox dung.

He lives in South London and haunts Nunhead Cemetery, Sydenham Hill Woods and the Horniman Museum. Here’s an  interview in The Independent.

9 responses to “About

  1. We should be interrupting the life cycles of insects, WITHOUT THE USE OF PESITCIDES….can we discuss????

    I am the “Bug Man” too!!!

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  3. Lorna Culverwell

    I’m reading your ‘Mosquito’ book now, and in the first chapter I have spotted an error: The Culicidae is only divided into two subgenera, not three. Whilst Toxorhynchitinae was a subfamilial name, it is not currently recognised, and instead it is actually considered a Tribe named ‘Toxorhynchitini’ within the Culicinae. See here: http://mosquito-taxonomic-inventory.info/tribe-toxorhynchitini-lahille-1904
    Other than this point I am enjoying the the plates and background information which I have, until now, been unfamiliar with, and will carry on reading this interesting work. Thank you!

  4. Richard Jones

    Lorna, thanks for your comment. Classification is constantly in flux, even for well-studied insects like mosquitoes. This is the sort of editorial change to be made in future editions.

  5. I enjoy reading the book ‘extreme insects’. I’m very surprised that the number of ommatidia of one dragonfly, Anax junius, is 29,247. Could you tell me what paper that number come from?

  6. Richard Jones

    Hi Noppadon
    I think the reference is: Sherk, T.E. 1978. Development of compound eyes of dragonflies. III Adult compound eyes. Journal of Experimental Zoology 203: 61-80. The usual quoted figure is 28, 672 ommatidia mapped to pseudopupils, but a grand total of 29, 247 ommatidia in one single eye.

  7. Randy Calowell

    head lice are really nasty, i always want to kill them on the top of my head.`

    Remember to read this useful web page
    http://www.healthmedicinecentral.com/where-is-your-pancreas/

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