Lacordaire was the eldest of
four brothers and was educated for the bar, but he never became
an advocate. At the age of 23 he traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina
where he explored the pampas for four months. He then traveled
for two years exploring Uruguay and the Brazilian provinces
of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. On a third trip he traveled
from Santiago, Chile to Montevideo, Uruguay. He returned to
France in 1830 but returned to Cayenne in the same year where
he then spent two years collecting and exploring. After returning
to France, he published papers on his South American insects
and his travels. He seems to have limited himself to writing
about only the insects he collected, many of them Scarabaeoidea.
He became a professor of zoology at the University of Liege
in 1835, a position he held until his death 35 years later.
Papavero, N. 1971. Essays on the History of Neotropical Dipterology,
Volume 1. Museu de Zoologia, Sao Paulo. 216 pp.