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Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by ArachnoCrazy, Jun 3, 2007.
here are some pics from when I went night collecting.
some more pics
what kind of bulb did you use?
I use a 175 watt mercury vapor light, but for some reason it was not working so I hooked up a 400 watt metal halide light.
I went out again were are some more pics.
some good bug action there, UV blacklights work wonders as well
Yep I have a uv black light that I made into a trap. It hooks up to a car battery and I can just leave it for a night out in a woods. It works wonders.
i have the car battery contraption as well, i love running lights but to this day i have had my best luck driving around and hitting dusk to dawn lights. if i could, i'd run a couple dozen black lights and drape an entire woods w/ sheets .
pitfall traps are productive and checking road kill is always a riot too
For some reason I never have any luck with pit fall traps. I set it up with a container in the center and 4 boards that run to the container to funnel any insect coming by into the container. I then place a board over the top and weigh it down with a rock. I will also try different baits too, but even that has showed no results. How do you set up your pit fall traps?
A pic of my uv light trap.
Nice uv trap - brings back fond memories. I used to sugar trees late afternoon in a path that was a .5 to 1 hour walk. It produced some pretty good results, too. I also had a tent affair over my light so I wouldn't fry incoming buggys.
i set pitfalls flush up against logs. bait them w/ a bit of spoiled chicken or dont bait them @ all i have tried sugar mixes etc but that attracts a lot of ants
I never thought of putting it right next to a log. That is a good idea and I will have to try it next time I set up a pitfall trap.
Has anyone ever used the beetle trap where you set up a screen mesh somewhere and then line the bottom of the net with pans. The clumsy beetle is supose to fly into the net and fall into the pans of liquid. I made one, but I have not tested it out yet.
Also has anyone ever made any underwater traps because I would like to try and make one.
minnow traps will do the job for underwater traps big water scavenger beetles and the occasional toe biter often show up in those - but check frequently or leave partially exposed to avoid drowning snakes and frogs.
love the trap pics and wow, there really seems to be quite an assortment of moths out there...wonderful sizes...so do you collect them for documentation or just to make us city folks jealous lol
I collect insects that I want for my collection or I keep them as pets.
Here is another trap I use. I use this for beetles and I place it on tree trunks in places where beetles would be flying. Places such as a hole that goes into a hollow spot in the trunk.