Low-cost floating emergence net and bottle trap: Comparison of two designs

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2016

Author(s): 

Pete Cadmus, Justin Pomeranz, and Johanna M. Kraus

Suggested Citation: 

Pete Cadmus, Justin Pomeranz, and Johanna M. Kraus, 2016, Low-cost floating emergence net and bottle trap: Comparison of two designs: Journal of Freshwater Ecology, v. 31, iss. 4. DOI: 10.1080/02705060.2016.1217944

Sampling emergent aquatic insects is of interest to many freshwater ecologists. Many quantitative emergence traps require the use of aspiration for collection. However, aspiration is infeasible in studies with large amounts of replication that is often required in large biomonitoring projects. We designed an economic, collapsible pyramid-shaped floating emergence trap with an external collection bottle that avoids the need for aspiration. This design was compared experimentally to a design of similar dimensions that relied on aspiration to ensure comparable results. The pyramid-shaped design captured twice as many total emerging insects. When a preservative was used in bottle collectors, >95% of the emergent abundance was collected in the bottle. When no preservative was used, >81% of the total insects were collected from the bottle. In addition to capturing fewer emergent insects, the traps that required aspiration took significantly longer to sample. Large studies and studies sampling remote locations could benefit from the economical construction, speed of sampling, and capture efficiency.

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