Chris O'Toole

For 37 years, Chris curated the collections of Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants). His research interests include the taxonomy of bees, their nesting biology and pollinating roles. The author of 23 books on insects for the general reader, Chris was the scientific advisor for several series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. He wrote the companion book for the BBC TV series Alien Empire. His current work includes the curation of the type specimens of bees and the recently acquired G Roche collection of bees from the Middle and Far East, and a study of specialised pollen-handling structures on the mouthparts of bees associated with flowers with deep, narrow corolla tubes. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES) and holds MA status (Oxon).