Insect Identification Services was founded by Stuart Hine. Stuart had formerly been working as a Curator and Entomologist at the Natural History Museum in London for almost 30 years.
We are a strongly customer focused business providing identifications, consultancy and solutions to businesses and the public.
The principle service we provide is the identification of insects, spiders and other invertebrate groups for any sector of business who require accurate science based identifications. These include; pests of foodstuffs and stored commodities, invertebrate food inclusions, spiders in imported fruit and insects associated with environmental health or pest control.
We can also provide site visits to investigate ongoing, problematic or unique infestations; including those that require novel or alternative pest solutions e.g. organic food production or processing.
We also provide pest control services and advice for the public within the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.
Stuart is a passionate naturalist and entomologist with extensive expertise and experience in the field of invertebrate identification.
After completing his education Stuart worked for 5 years in brewing/malting analytical laboratories. Stuart joined the Natural History Museum in London in 1989, where he held a variety of roles over a period of 27 years.
Stuart has more than 20 years’ experience as a curator working on the National Collections of beetles, bees, wasps, ants, sawflies and termites, which included dry pinned and alcohol preserved collections, and he has great knowledge across these groups. He has an excellent knowledge of Integrated Pest Management, associated pest species and their control within a museum environment.
During his career he has worked in several research groups encompassing taxonomy, tropical canopy biodiversity, soil biodiversity and has undertaken fieldwork in the UK, the Brazilian Amazon and Chile.
He managed the Museums commercial insect and spider Identification Service from 2004 until 2016 and the Museums Identification and Advisory Service Team (providing identifications of Entomology, Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy and Palaeontology) from 2009 until 2016.
From 2009 until 2016 Stuart was also Centre Manager of the Museums UK Centre for Biodiversity, a ‘new’ Centre established to provide support and development for UK naturalists through physical resources, an identification skills training programme and the Identification Service.
As one of the Museums ‘experts’ Stuart has regularly contributed to newsworthy media stories and over the last 15 years has been interviewed by the media providing expert comment and opinion on a wide range of insect and spider subjects for the full spectrum of national newspapers, magazines, national and local radio and television, including:
BBC Breakfast, GMTV, ITV Good Morning, Springwatch, Nick Bakers Weird Creatures, QI, Radio 4, Radio 5, BBC Wales, BBC Local Radio, BBC Radio Berkshire, Guardian, Independent, Times, Daily Mail, Sun, Daily Mirror, How It Works Magazine, Evolve Magazine.
In December 2015 Stuart left the Natural History Museum to establish the Insect Identification Service.
Stuart is a qualified pest controller and holds the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in Pest Management.
“In December 2015 I left the Natural History Museum after 27 years to establish my own consultancy providing identifications of invertebrates for commerce very broadly. I have been identifying insects, spiders and other invertebrates associated with food production, storage and transportation for more than 30 years and have great expertise in this area.
One of my many skills is the interpretation of the circumstances of inclusion and infestation of foodstuffs and other commodities by invertebrates using my extensive knowledge of the known behaviours and biology’s of the species identified.”
I also have great interest in pest control, particularly solving unique and unusual infestations or those that have proved problematic to traditional ‘pest control industry’ treatments.
The study of the natural world is my lifelong passion and knowledge in this field can never be exhaustive; each day I observe or learn of many new behaviours and extraordinary biology and that is the brilliance of nature. To use my lifelong accrued knowledge to provide identifications, answer questions and to solve problems for my customers is hugely rewarding.