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A professional natural history collector who collected many Coleoptera in New Guinea. the surrounding Islands, and the Solomon Islands. (see Peter Andrews ‘The Jansons, a family of entomologists’ on the Collector’s Secrets website.
Well known Dipterist but his interest as a teenager was with ants which led to a meeting with Horace Donisthorpe and to his only publication to mention beetles Dorcus parallelipipedus (L.) and ant’s nest in the same tree’, Ent.mon.Mag., 79, 1943, 251. There is an obituary including bibliography and photograph in the same periodical, 157, 2021, 243-247.
Published The Natural History of the County of Stafford, 1844, which includes a list of beetles apparently collected by himself (307-313), Van Voorst, London. I am grateful to Tony Drane for producing an offprint for me). (MD 1/22)
Born in Portsmouth and employed as a clerical officer in the Civil Service. Discovered three beetles new to Britain Bledius crassicollis Bois. and Lacord. Hylis cariniceps (Reitter) (as Hypocoelus cariniceps) and Axinotarsus marginalis (L. de Castelnau) all of which were brought forward by A.A. Allen in Ent. Record.