by vabrou » Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:01 pm
Abita Entomological Study Site -The most intensely studied entomological location in North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico)
Link here to no charge freely available access to 51-page pdf - a brief synopsis of a lifetime of collecting insects 24 hours daily/nightly non-stop using nearly 500 automatic-capture insect traps in the state of Louisiana, USA, and still continuing today into year 54 (2023).
Over 53 years (1969-2022) numerous dozens of self-designed automatic-capture high-wattage light traps were operated for 1,390,000 light trap-hours, hundreds of semiochemical lure traps were operated for 32,400,000 trap-hours, dozens of fermenting fruit bait traps were operated for 1,270,000 trap-hours, more than 100 dung beetle traps were operated 15,341,000 trap-hours, and malaise traps were operated 10,800 trap-hours, on and on. For 41 years (1981-2022) all of these various traps were operated continuously 24 hours every day, 365-366 days every year at the AESS and were similarly and continuously operated elsewhere across Louisiana over 53 years. Images of a few of these traps are illustrated (Figs. 4-13) along with numerous dozens of entomological collecting related images.
451 entomological publications were published between (1969-2022) documenting just some of the notable discoveries and accomplishments during our lifetime of entomological research, including adding over 3,000 additional species added to the earlier documented species of Lepidoptera known for the state, and documenting dozens of new first records of Lepidoptera species for the USA and North America, and also noting some descriptions of many lepidoptera species new to science.
Brou Jr., Vernon A. and Charlotte Dozar Brou 2022. Abita Entomological Study Site. South. Lepid. News 44: 409-460.