The composite insect trap

An innovative combination trap for biologically diverse sampling

Laura Russo, Rachel Stehouwer, Jacob Mason Heberling, Katriona Shea

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Abstract

Documentation of insect diversity is an important component of the study of biodiversity, community dynamics, and global change. Accurate identification of insects usually requires catching individuals for close inspection. However, because insects are so diverse, most trapping methods are specifically tailored to a particular taxonomic group. For scientists interested in the broadest possible spectrum of insect taxa, whether for long term monitoring of an ecosystem or for a species inventory, the use of several different trapping methods is usually necessary. We describe a novel composite method for capturing a diverse spectrum of insect taxa. The Composite Insect Trap incorporates elements from four different existing trapping methods: the cone trap, malaise trap, pan trap, and flight intercept trap. It is affordable, resistant, easy to assemble and disassemble, and collects a wide variety of insect taxa. Here we describe the design, construction, and effectiveness of the Composite Insect Trap tested during a study of insect diversity. The trap catches a broad array of insects and can eliminate the need to use multiple trap types in biodiversity studies. We propose that the Composite Insect Trap is a useful addition to the trapping methods currently available to ecologists and will be extremely effective for monitoring community level dynamics, biodiversity assessment, and conservation and restoration work. In addition, the Composite Insect Trap will be of use to other insect specialists, such as taxonomists, that are interested in describing the insect taxa in a given area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere21079
JournalPLoS One
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2011

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Russo, Laura ; Stehouwer, Rachel ; Heberling, Jacob Mason ; Shea, Katriona. / The composite insect trap : An innovative combination trap for biologically diverse sampling. In: PLoS One. 2011 ; Vol. 6, No. 6.
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In: PLoS One, Vol. 6, No. 6, e21079, 22.06.2011.

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