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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time.

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet.

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Dr Richard Harrington

Dr Richard Harrington
Honorary Fellow
Date of fellowship 2014

Dr Richard Harrington has been interested in insects since the age of 7 when he accidentally caught a butterfly in a crab net and identified it as a large white (Pieris brassicae) from a Brooke Bond tea card he had acquired that morning. He graduated in Zoology and Applied Entomology at Imperial College and then moved next door to the Natural History Museum, London where he did a PhD on sexual morph production in aphids. The day after his PhD grant finished he started work on aphids at Rothamsted Research, the World’s oldest agricultural research station, at Harpenden in Hertfordshire and worked there for almost four decades.

Recently retired, Dr Harrington headed the Rothamsted Insect Survey which runs trap networks providing long-term data on many insects, especially moths and aphids. These data are used in a wide range of fundamental and applied studies and are especially suited to statistical analyses of the impacts of climate change on seasonality, abundance and distribution.

In 2008 he paid £20 for an aphid in amber which was advertised on eBay. It turned out to be an undescribed and extinct species and which named after him, Mindarus harringtoni Heie.

Dr Harrington, is a former Vice-President of the Royal Entomological Society, former editor of several RES publications and he is currently the Special Interest Group Coordinator for the Society.

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