A superior device for collecting soft-bodied insects which must be kept in, or collected into alcohol. Designed by Terry M. Allen, this aspirator is a double chambered unit with a 2-dram inner vial filled with alcohol or other fluid into which live specimens are dropped.
The suction tube has a flexible connection fitted directly to the clear plastic outer vial (30 x 100 mm) through a two-hole stopper. The pickup tube for the collection of insects is also clear plastic. It is connected by a 24″ (61cm) latex tube leading directly through the stopper and into the inner vial of alcohol.
Air movement through the aspirator is screened twice with 220 mesh nylon. The inner vial may be removed and capped as needed, and a new vial installed. Extra 2-dram screw cap vials #8802P are available.
As a safety precaution, BioQuip recommends using the #1135Y aspirator filter with this aspirator.
Also see #1135X aspirator syringe bulb. It allows users to aspirate specimens without inhaling particulate matter.
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Are there any poly or other non-glass (less expensive) tubes which can substitute for the 2 dram tubes?
I’m sorry but we do not have any non-glass vials that can be substituted for use in the alcohol aspirator. The 8802 vials are $5.22 per dozen. However, you could collect into the glass vials and then pour the alcohol and newly collected specimens into plastic vials if you were so inclined. That would risk losing specimens and make for extra work but it is an option.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Celia Stuart MS
BioQuip Products, Inc.
2321 E. Gladwick St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-6209