Andrew Salisbury

Principal Entomologist

I have had a lifelong interest in insects, particularly beetles, and as a child kept stick insects, locusts and several species of tropical cockroach in my bedroom

I joined the RHS in 1998, following brief stints at MAFF (now DEFRA) and Imperial College Libraries.  I have had a lifelong interest in insects, particularly beetles, and as a child kept stick insects, locusts and several species of tropical cockroach in my bedroom. I enjoy carrying out research and providing advice on a wide range of animal matters to gardeners from plants pests, to garden wildlife and recording the biodiversity at RHS gardens.

In 1995 I gained a BScH in Entomology from Imperial College, the last year that an Entomology undergraduate degree was awarded in the UK.  The following year I graduated with a MSc in Pest Management (Applied Entomology) again from Imperial College. As part of the work for the RHS I returned to Imperial College in 2004, completing a PhD in 2008 on the Impact, Host Range and Chemical Ecology of the Lily Beetle, Lilioceris lilii. In my spare time I can sometimes be found mountain biking on the North Downs. 

Andrew's posts and conversations

  • Green walls - are they any good for wildlife?

    Green walls are good for our environment but their wildlife value is unknown. An RHS project is

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  • Checking out the invaders in your backyard

    Decades of RHS research charting the spread of non-native insects is now available on YouTube:

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