Dr. Art Evans, entomologist

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans is an author, lecturer, photographer, and broadcaster. He grew up on the southern fringes of the Mojave Desert in the Antelope Valley just north of Los Angeles, California and attended Palmdale High School (1975). Evans studied at the California State University at Long Beach where he received his bachelor’s degree (1981) in entomology and master’s degree (1984) in biology with an emphasis in entomology. He then attended the University of Pretoria, South Africa and earned his doctoral degree (1988) in entomology. Evans served 10 years as the Director of the Ralph M. Parsons Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Working primarily as an independent researcher, Evans is also a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Natural History Museum, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is also an adjunct professor at VCU, University of Richmond, and Randolph-Macon College.

Evans lectures widely on insect biology and natural history. He has published over 40 scientific papers on the systematics, biology and identification of scarab beetles and other insects, as well as over 100 popular articles and books on insects, spiders, and other arthropods. His latest books include the National Wildlife Foundation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America (2007) and What’s Bugging You? A fond look at animals we love to hate (2008). The last book is a collection of his first 51 columns that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Evans’ radio program of the same name airs weekly on 88.9 FM WCVE Richmond Public Radio.

Dr. Evans is working on two more books, Introduction to Insects of Virginia and the Carolinas (University of Virginia Press), and Field Guide to Beetles of Eastern North America (Princeton University Press). He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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