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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)


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)

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)

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)

ALLIN, James S.

Published 'Pediacus near London' in EMM, 10, 1873, 19 at which time he lived at 20 Beaumont Square, Mile End Road, London. Collected with G.C.Champion and J.G.Marsh whom he called his friends. Henry Gorham's diary in the Birmingham Museum, covering the period 1867-1896 lists J. Allin as one of the people from whom he received beetles. Allin was also interested in Lepidoptera and a note about Pachnobia alpina in the Scottish Naturalist, 2, 1873, 162 indicates that he was collecting at Braemar in July 1872. (MD 8/17)

ALLEN, William

Published 'Extraordinary quantity of Coccinellidae' in Zool, 5, 1847, 1898-99. This is probably the same William Allen who is listed in the Entomologists Annual in 1857 and 1860 as interested in Coleoptera and Diptera. At that time he lived at Western Terrace, The Park, Nottingham (A.C.F.Allen is also listed at this address interested in Hymenoptera). Horn and Schenkling, I, 1928, 11 are surely incorrect in listing Allen's dates as 1793-1864 since these refer to William Allen the naval officer and artist. (MD 8/17).


In an article in the EMM, 89, 1953, 148-9 titled 'Two remarkable rediscoveries in the British Coleoptera' A.A.Allen recorded how 'due to the energy and perseverence of Mr S.E.Allen' Graphoderus cinereus L. and Uleiota planata L. were found near Liss in Hampshire. He went on to note that that Allen had collected intensively in that area and had found amongst other 'good' things Agonum ericeti Panz., Pediacus depressus Herbst and Leptura rubra L. all of which were almost certainly new records for North Hants.

            Allen's particular interest seems to have been in the water beetles and he published two notes in the EMM., 'Rantus bistriatus (Bergst) in flight' (89, 1953, 168) and 'Aestivating habits of Hydradephaga' (90, 1954, 91-2). He gave his address in 1953 as Fir Villa, Station Road, Liss, Hants.

            John Owen told me that the labels marked 'S.Allen' in the collection he presented to the Royal Scottish Museum in 1963 refer to this Allen. (MD 8/17)

ALLEN, Miss A.M.

Mentioned by C. Morley, Coleoptera of Suffolk, 1899 p.iv. (MD 8/17)


Added two beetles to the British list. Epuraea distincta (Grimmer) which he took on the Gower Peninsular when collecting with G.W.Nicholson and Le B. Tomlin (EMM, 55, 1919, 128-9) and Tachys micros (Fisch) which he took on the coast near Charmouth in Dorset again with G.W.Nicholson (ibid., 60, 1924, 225). At this time he lived in London N.W.2. By the time he published his last note on Tapinotus sellatus (F) in Surrey (ibid., 71, 1935, 67) he had moved to Beech Hurst, Camberley, Surrey.

            His collection passed to Cambridge, the Insect Department Register in the Department of Zoology recording the receipt of  '3 cabinets 40 drawers' of British beetles from him on 20 November 1945. The specimens were subsequently amalgamated into the general collection. (MD 8.17).

ALLEN, G. Dexter Smith, A.Z. (1986) records the existence of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera from Switzerland and France, and also Oriental insects of many orders, collected by Allen and presented to the Hope Department by his wife in 1930.