His parents emigrated to Nebraska while he was a child, to the city of West Point. While growing up he spent his time collecting various insects and small animals, so much so, his parents let him use a small carriage house behind the main home to house his collections. His father Uhriah Bruner became a regent of the University of Nebraska, and at age 15, Lawrence enrolled at the school. He received an appointment as assistant on the United States Entomological Commission in 1880, and as field agent for the United States Department of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska in 1888, where he became instructor in entomology in 1890 and professor in 1895. In 1897 and 1898 he traveled in Argentina as field agent again for the United States Department of Agriculture. Lawrence married Marcia A. Dewell on Christmas Day 1881.
He is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement.
- The Destructive Locust of Argentina (2 reports, 1898 and 1900)
- Locusts of Paraguay (1906)
- South American Tetrigidae (1912)
- New Elementary Agriculture, co-author (9th ed., 1911)
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Bruner, Lawrence". Encyclopedia Americana.
- Mallis, Arnold (1971). American Entomologists. Rutgers University Press. pp. 191–95.
- Swenk, Myron H. (1937). "In Memoriam, Lawrence Bruner". Nebraska Bird Review. 5 (2).