Andre Larochelle

Insects Carabidae Taxonomist

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My name is André Larochelle, I was born and educated in Québec, graduating in 1974 with a Brevet d’Enseignement spécialisé from the Université du Québec à Montréal. I taught ecology at the Collège Bourget, Rigaud, Québec, until 1990. With the encouragement of the late carabid specialist Carl H. Lindroth, I quickly became interested in the study of ground-beetles. From 1975 to 1979 I was the co-editor of two entomological journals, Cordulia and Bulletin d’inventaire des insectes du Québec. From 1986 to 1992, I was honorary curator to the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, McGill University, Québec. In 1992, I moved to New Zealand to work as a research scientist. Currently, I am Research Associate with the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, Auckland. I have written over 400 papers on the distribution, ecology, biology, and dispersal power of North American carabids and other insects (including two handbooks on the Heteroptera of Québec). In 1990 I published “The food of carabid beetles of the world”; in 1993, with Yves Bousquet, I co-authored a “Catalogue of Carabidae of America North of Mexico”; and in 2001 and 2003, with my wife Marie-Claude, we published a “Natural History of the tiger beetles of North America North of Mexico” and “A Natural History of Carabidae” for the same region. My currrent main research interests are the faunistics and taxonomy of New Zealand ground-beetles on which I have authored four Fauna of New Zealand contributions (Catalogue of Carabidae, 2001; Revision of tribe Harpalini, 2005; Synopsis of supraspecific taxa, 2007; Synopsis of species 2013). I am also actively involved in providing web-based information on ground-beetles. Finally, my wife Marie-Claude I have published three Fauna of New Zealand volumes on Hemiptera (Heteroptera catalogue, Auchenorrhyncha catalogue and Peloridiidae revision) and I have carried out specialised field inventories in New Zealand for 20 years, surveying Hemiptera and ground-beetles in over 1000 localities so as to gain a better understanding of their taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography.

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