Trap Responses of Flying Insects

Trap Responses of Flying Insects

The Influence of Trap Design on Capture Efficiency

1st Edition - January 28, 1991

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  • Author: R. Muirhead-Thompson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984230

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Insect trapping is a basic field research tool for many biologists, whether they are studying insect pests, disease vectors or insect ecology for its own sake. Any field entomologist contemplating a new insect trapping program or looking to improve or develop an existing scheme will benefit from this broad review of flying insect traps, in which the author draws on a wide variety of methods used by different research projects from all over the world. Over the years a great many traps have been developed and endlessly modified to suit particular species, habitats, and research requirements. In virtually every case the design of the trap interacts with the specific behavior of the insects involved to bias trap efficiency. In addition, the limited dialogue between workers in different subject disciplines and habitats has caused a shortage of new information available to field entomologists as a whole.

Key Features

  • Describes and evaluates the main methods of trapping flying insects
  • Brings together results from agricultural/forest/pest studies and those from medical entomology


Entomologists, ecologists, pest control scientists, and tropical disease researchers

Table of Contents

  • Light Traps.
    Suction Traps.
    Pheromone-Based and Sex Lure Traps.
    Light Traps versus Pheromone Traps.
    Flight Traps and Interceptor Traps.
    Plant Pest Responses to Visual and Olfactory "Sticky" Traps.
    Responses of Blood-Sucking Flies to Visual Traps.
    Animal-Baited Traps and Animal Odors.
    Attraction of Blowflies and Their Allies to Carrion-Based Traps.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: January 28, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984230

About the Author

R. Muirhead-Thompson

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, Egham, Surrey, U.K.

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