Two novel flight-interception trap designs for low-cost forest insect surveys

Burns, M., Hancock, G., Robinson, J., Cornforth, I. and Blake, S. (2014) Two novel flight-interception trap designs for low-cost forest insect surveys. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, 27, pp. 155-162.

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Abstract

This paper introduces two passive trap designs for the survey of flying Coleoptera and other insects which can be constructed on very low budgets at < £1 per trap. A trunk window trap and an aerial flight-interception trap are presented, based on commonly used designs, but using much cheaper materials than standard. Construction diagrams are given, along with a description of trap installation, operation and beetle species found using these methods during a survey of Ayr Gorge Woodland, South-West Scotland. The traps were found to be robust and easy to operate. It is hoped that these trap designs will be of use to charitable organisations, students and amateurs who may previously have been unable to consider monitoring flying insects at large scales due to the prohibitive cost of equipment.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Interception trap, insect surveys.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Ms Jeanne and Hancock, Mr Geoff
Authors: Burns, M., Hancock, G., Robinson, J., Cornforth, I., and Blake, S.
Subjects:Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:British Journal of Entomology and Natural History
Publisher:British Entomological and Natural History Society
ISSN:0952-7583
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 British Entomological and Natural History Society
First Published:First published in British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 27:155-162
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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