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Retired, Emeritus Professor
W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor

Mississippi Entomological Museum
Mississippi State University
Box 9775, Mississippi State

TEL: (662) 325-2085
FAX: (662) 325-8837



B.S. Zoology, 1970, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
M.S. 1973, Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Ph.D. Entomology, 1980, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

I began collecting insects during the 1960's in northwestern Arkansas. As a student at University of Arkansas (M.S., 1973), I became interested in the Lepidoptera, especially the "micros" of the southern Ozarks. After serving as a medical entomologist in the military for two years, I concentrated on the systematics of Epinotia and other tortricids at Cornell University. Upon completing my doctorate in 1980, I was employed as Director of the Mississippi Entomological Museum and Assistant Professor to teach taxonomy courses at Mississippi State University. Following collecting trips to Chile, Venezuela, New Caledonia and Fiji Islands, I began concentrating on the relatively unknown moth fauna in southeastern U.S., especially in unique and threatened habitats in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In addition to faunistic work, I am continuing long term work on systematics of tortricid moths and am interested in evolution of wing patterns and the role of abiotic selection factors on feeding strategies and other adaptations. I am currently project director of the Mississippi Arthropod Survey, technical editor of the Mississippi Entomological Museum Publication Series, and organizer of the annual William H. Cross Expedition.


Association for Tropical Lepidoptera
Association of Systematic Collections
Entomological Society of America
Entomological Society of Washington
Entomology Collections Network
Kansas Entomological Society
Kentucky Lepidopterists Society
Lepidopterists' Society
Mississippi Entomological Association
Mississippi Museum Association
New York Entomological Society
Pacific Coast Entomological Society
Society of Systematic Zoology
Southern Lepidopterists' Society


Brown, R.L. 1974.  Diets and habitat preferences of selected anurans in Southeast Arkansas. Amer. Midl. Nat. 91: 468-473.

Brown, R.L. & R.T. Allen. 1974.  Larval foodplants and parasites of some Lepidoptera in Southeast Arkansas.  Journ. Lepid. Soc. 28: 168-170.

Brown, R.L. 1976.  Behavioral observations on Aethalion reticulatum (Hem., Aethalionidae) and associated ants.  Insectes Sociaux 23: 99-108.

Brown, R.L. 1979.  Nomenclatorial changes in Eucosmini (Tortricidae). Journ. Lepid. Soc. 33: 21-28.

Brown, R.L. 1979.  The valid generic and tribal names for the codling moth, Cydia pomonella (Olethreutinae: Tortricidae).  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 72: 565-567.

Brown, R.L. 1980.  A new species of Epinotia Hubner (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 82: 504-509.

Brown, R.L. 1980. A correction of the name for the type-species of Rhopobota Lederer (Tortricidae: Eucosmini). Journ. Lepid. Soc. 34: 325.

Brown, R.L. 1982.  Notes on Gretchena: a new species and the synonymy of Gwendolina (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 84: 594-602.

Roelofs, W. & R.L. Brown. 1982.  Pheromones and evolutionary relationships of Tortricidae.  Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 13: 395-422.

Brown, R.L. & W.E. Miller. 1983.  Valid names of the spruce seed moth and a related Cydia species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 76: 110-111.

Brown, R.L. 1984.  Taxonomic and morphological investigations of Olethreutinae:  Rhopobota, Griselda, Melissopus, and Cydia (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Entomography 2: 97-120.

Brown, R.L. and P.R. Miller. 1984.  Studies of Lepidoptera hindwings with emphasis on ultrastructure of scales of Cydia caryana (Fitch) (Tortricidae). Entomography 2: 261-295.

Brown, R.L. 1984.  Review of Corticivora (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) with descriptions of new species and analysis of their tribal relationships. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 86: 278-286.

Brown, R.L., J.F.G. Clarke, and D.H. Habeck. 1984.  New host records for Olethreutinae (Tortricidae). Journ. Lepid. Soc.  37: 224-227.

Brown, R.L. 1987. Tortricoidea. pp. 419-433. In Immature Insects, Ed. F. Stehr. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 754 pp.

Adamski, D. and R.L. Brown. 1987.  A new Nearctic Glyphidocera with descriptions of all stages (Lepidoptera: Blastobasidae: Symmocinae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 89: 329-343.

Brown, R.L. 1987. Ressurection of Catastega Clemens and revision of the Epinotia vertumnana species-group (Tortricidae: Olethreutinae). Journ. Lepid. Soc. 40: 327-346.

Adamski, D. & Brown, R.L.  1989. Morphology and systematics of North American Blastobasidae [Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea].  Miss. Agric. For. Exp. Sta. Tech. Bull. 165 (MEM no. 1): 1-70.

Horak, M. & R.L. Brown. 1991. Taxonomy and phylogeny. pp. 23-50.  In. L.P.S. van der Geest and H.H. Evenhuis (Eds.).  Tortricoid Pests. Their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control.  Elsevier Science Publ. 808 pp.

Brown, R.L. & J.A. Powell. 1991. A new species of Epiblema (Tortricidae: Olethreutinae) from coastal redwood forests in California with an analysis of the forewing pattern.  Pan-Pacific Entomol. 67: 107-114.

Allen, R.T. & R.L. Brown.  1991. The biota of Magazine Mountain (II): a preliminary list of the macrolepidoptera fauna.  Arkansas Acad. Sci. 45: 18-21.

Brown, R.L. 1992. Six new species of Catastega (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini) from Mexico and Southwestern United States. J. New York Entomol. Soc. 100: 209-227.

Baker, G.T. &  R.L. Brown.  1995. Chorionic fine structure of the egg of the oak tingid, Corythuca arcuata (Say) (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 96: 70-73.

Powell, J.A., J. Razowski, & R.L. Brown.  1995. Olethreutinae.  pp. 151-157. In J.B. Heppner (Ed.). Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist, Part 2.  W. Junk Publ.

Wright, D.J., R.L. Brown, & L.D. Gibson. 1997.  A new species of Phaneta, with taxonomic diagnoses and seasonal and geographical data on four related species (Tortricidae).  J. Lepid. Soc.   51: 119-127.

Cordero, R., R.L. Brown, and H.P. Pitre. 2000. Description of Life Stages and distribution of Metaponpneumata rogenhofferi (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 10: 59-67.

Hickling, R. and R.L. Brown.  2000.  Analysis of acoustic communication by ants. Journ. Acoustical Soc. Amer. 108: 1920-1929.

Hickling, R. and R.L. Brown.  2001.  Response to "Ants are deaf."  Journ. Acoustical Soc. Amer. 109: 3083.

Adamski, D. and R. L. Brown.  2001.  Glyphidocera Walsingham (Lepidoptera:  Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae) of de la Neblina and adjacent areas in Amazonas, Venezuela.  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 103: 968-998.

Miller, W. E., R.L. Brown, and K. Tuck.  2001. Taxonomic clarification of Notocelia rosaecolana (Doubleday) and N. trimaculana (Haworth) (Tortricidae).  Journ. Lepid. Soc. 54: 111-118.

Adamski, D.  and R. L. Brown. 2002.  New species of Blastobasis Zeller from New Caledonia and Fiji (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Coleophoridae: Blastobasinae).  Ins. Koreana 19: 137-145.

Brown, R.L. 2003. Paleoenvironment and biogeography of  the Mississippi Black Belt.  Evidence from insects.  pp. 11-26.  In E. Peacock and T. Schauwecker (eds.). Blackland Prairies of the Gulf Coastal Plain: Culture, Nature and Sustainability. Univ. Alabama Pr. 348 pp.

Wiygul, S., Krans, K., Brown, R., and Maddox. 2003. Restoration of a prairie remnant in the Black Belt of Mississippi.   pp. 254-261. In E. Peacock and T. Schauwecker (eds.).  Blackland Prairies of the Gulf Coastal Plain: Nature, Culture, and Sustainability.  Univ. Alabama Pr. 348 pp.

Wagner, D.L., Adamski, D.,  and Brown, R.L.  2004.  A  species of Mompha Hubner (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae: Mompinae) from buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis L.) with descriptions of the early stages.  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 106: 1-18.

Brown, J.W. and Brown, R.L.  2004. A new species of Cryptaspasma (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutinae) from Central America, the Caribbean, and Southeastern United States, with a catalog of the world fauna of Microcorsini.  Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 106:  288-297...

Vogt, J.T., Reed, J.T. and Brown, R.L. 2004.  Temporal foraging activity of selected ant species in northern Mississippi during summer months.  J. Entomol. Sci. 39:  444-452.

Baixeras, J., Brown, J., Brown, R., Horak, M., Komai, F., Metzler, E., Razowski, J., Tuck, K. 2005.  In Brown, J. (Ed.).  World Catalog of Insects. Vol. 5.  Tortricidae (Lepidoptera).  Apollo Books.  608 pp.

Hill, J. and Brown, R.L.  2005.  The first record of the genus Polyergus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Mississippi.  J. Miss. Acad. Sci.  50: 120.

Pinkaew, N, Chandrapatya, A.,  and Brown, R.L.  2005.  Two new species and a new record of Eucoenogenes (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) from Thailand with a discussion of characters defining the genus. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 107:  869-882.

Landry, B. and Brown, R.L.  Two new species of Neodactria Landry Lepidoptera: Pyralidae, Crambinae) from the United States of America.  Zootaxa 1081: 1-16.

MacGown, J., Brown, R.L., and Hill, J. 2005 An annotated list of the Pyramica (Hymenoptera:  Formicidae: Dacetini) of Mississippi.  J.  Kansas Entomol. Soc. 78: 285-289.

MacGown, J.  and Brown, R.L. 2006. Survey of ants (Hymenoptera:  Formicidae) of the Tombigbee National Forest in Mississippi.  J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 79: 325-340.

Hill, J. G., R. L. Brown, and J. A. MacGown. 2006. Environmental variables affecting ant (Formicidae) community composition in Mississippi’s Black Belt Prairie and Flatwoods regions.  Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 51: 56.

Lee, S. and R.L. Brown.  2006.  Descriptions of males of two species of Dichomeris (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) species with new distributional records in Mississippi and Alabama.  J. Lepid. Soc. 60: 38–40.

Lee, S.M. and R.L. Brown.  2006.  A new method for preparing slide mounts of whole bodies of microlepidoptera.  Journ. Asia–Pacific Entomol. 9: 249–253.

MacGown, J. A., R. L. Brown, and J. G. Hill. 2006. Carpenter ants (Camponotus) of Mississippi. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 51: 115.

MacGown, J. A., R. L. Brown, J. G. Hill, and B. Layton. 2007. Carpenter Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Camponotus) of Mississippi. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 1158. 28 pp. [pdf]

Martinez, E. and R.L. Brown.  2007.  Argyrini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with a redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller). Journ. Lepid. Soc. 61:  78–83.

Brown, R.L. 2008.  Book review.  Olethreutine Moths of Australia (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) – Marianne Horak. Syst. Entomol. 33: 212–214.

Hill, J.G., K.S. Summerville, and R.L. Brown.  2008.  Habitat associations of ant species Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a heterogeneous Mississippi landscape.  Environ. Entomol. 37: 453–463.

Lee, S. and R.L. Brown.   2008.  Revision of Holarctic Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).  Zootaxa 1818: 1–55.

Lee, S.M. and R.L. Brown.   2008.  Phylogenetic Relationships of Holarctic Teleiodini Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) Based on Analysis of Morphological and Molecular Data. Syst. Entomol. 33: 595–612.

Simonsen, T.J., R.L. Brown, and F.A.H. Sperling. 2008.  Tracing an invasion:  phylogeography of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in the United States based on mitochondrial DNA.  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 101: 899–905.

Lee, S., R.L. Brown and W. Monroe.  2009.  Use of confocal laser scanning microscopy in systematics of insects with a comparison of fluorescence from different stains. Syst. Entomol. 34: 10–14.

Lee, S., R.W. Hodges, and R.L. Brown. 2009.  Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in American North of Mexico.  Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.

Siebert, M.W. and R.L. Brown. 2009.  Collection of Moodna bisinuella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) from field corn in Mississippi.  Midsouth Entomol. 2: 53–54.

Lee, S.M. and R.L. Brown. 2010. Review of Symmocinae (Lepidoptera:  Autostichidae), in North America with the description of a new genus and species. Journ. Lepid. Soc. 64:  177–187.

Hill, J. G. and R. L. Brown. 2010. The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of Black Belt Prairie remnants in Alabama and Mississippi. Southeastern Naturalist 9: 73-84. [pdf]

Baker, G.T., S.D. Hight, and R.L. Brown.  2012.  External morphology of the egg of the native (Melitara prodenialis) and exotic (Cactobastis cactorum) cactus moths (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).   Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 114: 433–438.

Lee, S. and R.L. Brown. 2012. A new species of Euclemensia (Cosmopterigidae) from the United States.  Journ. Lepid. Soc. 65: 47–50.

MacGown, J. A., J. G. Hill, T. L. Schiefer, and R. L. Brown.  2012. Ant diversity and habitat associations at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 1197. [pdf]

Smith, B.A., R.L. Brown, W. LaBerge, and T. Griswold.  2012.  Faunistic study of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in the Black Belt Prairie of Mississippi.  Journ. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 85: 32–47. 

Lee, S. and R.L. Brown.  2013.  Pubitelphusa (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae: Litini) —A new genus for two species assigned to Telphusa and Concubina. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Washington 115: 70–74.

MacGown, J., H. Richter, and R.L. Brown. 2013. Notes and new distribution records of invasive ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the southeastern United States. Midsouth Entomol.  6: 104-114.  Online at:

Seltzer, J., T. Schiefer, and R.L. Brown. 2013. Results from the Regional Identification Center of the USDA-APHIS (Eastern Region) at the Mississippi Entomological Museum for the 2012 and 2013 wood boring beetle surveys, including new state and county records for Alabama and Mississippi.   Midsouth Entomol.  6: 119-133. Online at:

Brown, R.L. and C. Jaeger. 2014. A new species of Eucosma Hubner and two new species of Cydia Hubner (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) from the United States.  Zootaxa 3860: 226-234.

Wright, D.J. and R.L. Brown.  2014. Review of the Eucosma refusana (Walker) species group with descriptions of two new species and discussion of biogeographic influences on species distributions.  Journal Lepidopterists Society 68: 85-100.

Schachat, S.R. and R.L. Brown. 2015. Color pattern on the forewing of Micropterix (Lepidoptera: Micropterigidae): insights into the evolution of wing pattern and wing venation in moths.  PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139972. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139972.  

Schachat, S.R. and R.L. Brown. 2016. Forewing color pattern in Micropterigidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera): homologies between contrast boundaries, and a revised hypothesis for the origin of symmetry systems. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:116: 1-25. [PDF]


Orkin Insect Zoo Entomology Curriculum Module (with Joe MacGown and MSU Center Education Technology and Development). 1998. URL:


Brown, R.L. 1989.  Evolution of aquatic adaptations in insects.  Proc. 35th Miss. Insect Control Conf. (abstract).

Brown, R.L. & S. Marshall. 1991. ECN Discussion Group Summary:  The role of small systematic institutions.  Insect Collection News 6: 3.

Brown, R.L. 1992. Looper complex and other Plusiinae larvae on soybean in southern United States: a seasonal profile (abstract).  Soybean Looper Resistance Workshop 1992 Presentation Abstracts.

Brown, R.L. 1995.  Lepidoptera in the Mississippi Entomological Museum.  Southern Lepidopterists' News 17 (2): 10-12.

Hickling,R., R.L. Brown, P. Lee, G. Stratton, and D. Velea.  1998.Analysis of acoustic communication by the Black Fire Ant Solenopsis richteri.  In:  Proceedings of the 1998 Imported Fire Ant Research Conference.  Hot Springs, AK  April 6-8 , 1998.  pp. 87-95. 

Brown, R.L and Martinez, E. 2004.  The Cactus Moth:  An Invading Pest. Information Brochure printed by MSU Printing Services. 


Tortricidae of Southeastern United States
Formicidae of Alabama and Mississippi
The Black Belt in Alabama and Mississippi