Vernon Antoine Brou Jr.

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Brief information about the entomological endeavors of Vernon Antoine Brou Jr., and Charlotte Dozar Brou.
A lifetime resident of Louisiana, born 1949, (Vernon) began his interest in insects as a very young child. Activities became more scientific around 1968 and light trapping began during 1969, and has continued utilizing numerous types of insect traps including a series of five to seven or more high-wattage light traps continuously 365-366 nights each year since that time to the present (24 hours of every day from1969 to 2021, 52 consecutive years), regardless of weather conditions. Charlotte also is a lifetime resident of Louisiana and actively participates in this entomological research. Currently we have 450-500 insect traps of all types.
Charlotte and myself published in 2 parts (1997 and 2002), a 30 consecutive year study of the Sphingidae of Louisiana, which also resulted in the discovery of two new sphingid species, Lapara phaeobrachycerous Brou, and another Lapara species yet to be described. This monumental investigation involved the Sphingidae of Louisiana, covered the years (1970-1999) in which we reported capturing 83,889 adult Sphingidae specimens representing 46 species within the state of Louisiana. We have published about 430 entomological articles/investigations over the past 52 years. Our research and interest is confined mostly to the state of Louisiana and trips are made across the state to sample different habitats. Charlotte D. Brou has been my assistant, wife, and companion over 46 years of these daily entomological endeavors, and one new species, Catocala charlottae Brou was named in her honor.
Paramount in accomplishing this 60+ year study of Louisiana insects of all orders and families has been the design, testing and development of numerous types of insect traps: light traps, flight traps, bait traps, pitfall traps, pan traps, and pheromone (lure) traps, etc), and the development of associated unique automatic collecting chambers, allowing continuous daily and nightly, year-round sampling without having to be present or actively attend the collecting devices during the collecting activities. These unique and specially designed collection chambers have allowed the collection of tens of thousands to millions of insects each day, year-round, in very good condition and the highest quality. Images of a small number of more than 450-500 insect traps we have designed, fabricated and operated can be freely viewed at this link: https://www.academia.edu/9665262/Images_of_some_of_the_insect_traps_designed_fabricated_and_operated_by We have concentrated on Louisiana moths, and have collected numerous hundreds of millions of moth specimens alone, and certainly billions of insects of all orders, processing hundreds of thousands to more than a million of Louisiana insects for distribution to researchers and museums throughout the world. We have discovered hundreds (400+) of new undescribed moth species within Louisiana. At this point, we have officially donated in excess of 343,238 Louisiana insects to museums in the United States alone. Our specimens can be found in these museums: Louisiana State Arthropod Museum (LSAM), Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA), American Museum of Natural History(AMNH), National Museum of Natural History (NMNH/Smithsonian), Los Angeles County Museum (LACM), McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Carnegie Museum, Prague Museum, Canadian National Collection (CNC), The Natural History Museum-London, and others worldwide. We have also provided additional hundreds of thousands of Louisiana insects to scientific collectors and researchers and to other museums throughout the world. Our current personal scientific research collection of Louisiana insects contains an additional (~450,000) specimens (primarily lepidoptera, and some coleoptera). Sites in Louisiana similarly sampled quite extensively include: St. Tammany Parish *Abita Entomological Study Site for 39 years, Edgard, St. John the Baptist Parish for 13 years, New Orleans, Orleans Parish for one year, Sunshine, Iberville Parish for one year, Prairieville, Ascension Parish for one year, Cut Off, Lafourche Parish for one year, and occasional visits Parish, Bossier Parish, Ouachita Parish, Union Parish, over decades to: Fluker, Tangipahoa Parish, Weyanoke, West Feliciana Parish, East Feliciana Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. James Parish, St Charles Parish, St. Mary Parish, Rapides Parish, Calcasieu Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Grant Parish, Beauregard Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Red Dirt Wildlife Management Area, Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish, and across Louisiana in State Parks, Wildlife Management Areas, Caddo Parish, Webster Parish, Acadia Parish, East Carroll Parish, West Carroll Parish, Tensas Parish, Vernon Parish, Winn Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Cameron Parish, Vermilion Parish, and numerous other sites in dozens of the state's other 64 parishes, including private, public, and Federal land areas.
I (Vernon) have worked much of the early years of my adult life in the field of quality control/quality assurance and engineering for the construction, steel manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, petroleum, food, nuclear, and engineering consultant fields. For the later 20 years, I worked as a utilization review RN and Registered Nurse Certified Case Manager for hospitals and medical insurance companies. Vernon has degrees in Industrial Engineering (1974) and Nursing (1989) -Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
We have been married for 45 years and we have one daughter, April Rose Brou Hart, age 43.
Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. & Charlotte Dozar Brou, 74320 Jack Loyd Road, Abita Springs, Louisiana 70420 USA. vabrou@bellsouth.net
(Rev. Mar 19, 2021)
*Abita Entomological Study Site (The most intensely studied entomological location in North America):
sec. 24,T6,SR12E. 4.2 miles northeast of Abita Springs, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

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