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This is a convenience page for keeping information about insect/mite collecting and preparation techniques.
- A technique to dry mount Hymenoptera (Hexapoda) from alcohol in a few seconds, and its application to other insect orders
- Using a blower.
- Point Mounting Small Insects on Pins
- Method for beetles.
I use a different method of handling and different glues: hide glue or shellac gel (because they are soluble in water and alcohol respectively.)
- Survey Protocols for Monitoring Status and Trends of Pollinators
- Outline of how to use pan traps.
- The International YPT Cookbook
- Lubomir Masner's advice. Find it on page 26.
- Can Townes type Malaise traps be improved? Some recent developments
- Differing types of Malaise traps.
- The Composite Insect Trap: An Innovative Combination Trap for Biologically Diverse Sampling
- "The Composite Insect Trap incorporates elements from four different existing trapping methods: the cone trap, malaise trap, pan trap, and flight intercept trap."
- An Alpine Malaise trap
- Miniaturized and sticky.
Flight Intercept Traps
- Sliding Down the V: A Low Cost and Efficient Flight Intercept Trap
- A cheap. simple, portable flight intercept trap. Scarabs Occasional Issue Number 83 Print ISSN 1937-8343 Online ISSN 1937-8351 March, 2017, pg. 15.
- Entomological classics – the Window (pane) Flight Intercept Trap
- A survey of different styles of traps.
- Insect Removal from Sticky Traps Using a Citrus Oil Solvent
- Dipping in citrus oil, maybe ultrasonic cleaning, air drying, absolute alcohol final cleaning.
- $3 Homemade Winkler Sampler
- Hamuli VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1 — MARCH 13, 2018
"Beware the explorer that takes a peek below a centimeter scale, for they may find such a vast and diverse bestiary that the larger world will hold little fascination."
The kerosine flotation trick is widely used by acarologists and entomologists with dirty samples. Take a sample in water, salt water, alcohol, or whatever that has a lot of soil or other heavy gunk in it. Add a bit of kerosine, and shake the sample gently. Kerosine wets (sticks to) chitin. Let the kerosine float to the top with the specimens, then decant the kerosine and specimens through a mesh filter. I have filter pans with fine stainless steel mesh, but you could use disposable paint filters. Wash the sample with absolute alcohol to dissolve off the kerosine, then enjoy your specimens.
- Kerosene floatation extraction protocol
- pages 131-6. Appendix III in "Biodiversity of soil arthropods in a native grassland in Alberta, Canada: obscure associations and effects of simulated climate change"
- Beetle Collecting 101: Fermenting bait traps for collecting longhorned beetles
- Molasses/beer and red wine baits.
- A review of methods for sampling arthropods in tree canopies
- Non-fogging methods.
- Sampling insects: general techniques, strategies and remarks
- An excellent comparative survey of many techniques!
- Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs
- Sticky, funnel, and flight intercept.
- HDMS drying of fragile specimens
- We do a one-hour initial soak, change the HMDS, leave them another hour, and then drain off the HMDS and leave the samples overnight in a fume hood to dry. Doug Yanega