Andrew Whittington is an entomologist specialised in the identification and naming of insects, most particularly, but not exclusively, dealing with flies (Diptera). He has more than a dozen year's experience as a fly taxonomist, has written approximately 50 scientific papers and described and named more than 60 new species. Andrew has collected extensively in the field, in countries as widespread as Finland, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Scotland, South Africa, Swaziland and Switzerland. During the course of research, he has examined thousands of specimens from all over the world, mainly in the orders (in decreasing magnitude) Diptera, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Plecoptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Mecoptera and Hymenoptera. The breadth of knowledge obtained during this broad range of research has been applied previously to forensic, medical, public health and environmental work in South Africa. It has now developed into an insect identification service in Scotland for ecological and environmental contracts for SAC, MLURI, SNH and SWT as well as Public Health assessments for Fife and Edinburgh Councils, Fyffes, The Medicines Testing Laboratories, United Distillers & Vintners and GM Pests. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and Honorary Fellow of the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine and Veterinary Science, University of Edinburgh and is affiliated with Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD).