A new flight interception trap for tropical insects

To develop effective policies and management strategies in the context of escalating threats due to land use changes and climate change in the Amazon basin, we are in critical need of more complete descriptions of arthropod communities. One major limitation is the lack of consensus on methods for insect collection. A paper published in Zookeys by Greg Lamarre et al. [1] investigates the relative performance of two flight interception traps, the windowpane trap, and the more widely used malaise trap, across a broad gradient of lowland forest types in French Guiana. In collaboration with the Société Entomologique Antilles Guyane (SEAG), a new version of the windowpane trap showing very promising results for tropical arthropod surveys was introduced. On a total of 71.822 insect individuals (7 orders), contrasting trap performance among insect orders were found, underscoring the need for complementary trapping strategies using multiple methods for community surveys in tropical forests

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[1Lamarre Greg, Molto Quentin, Fine V.A Paul and Baraloto Christopher 2012. A comparison of two common flight interception traps to survey tropical arthropods. ZooKeys, 216: 43:55

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