Butterfly Bait Traps
Baited traps are used in tropical environments to collect, study or photograph specific kinds of butterflies. The design takes advantage of a butterflys natural tendency to fly upward after feeding or when startled.
Specimens are removed from a gray fiberglass screen cylinder with 22″ (56cm) zippered side opening. The cylinder has non-rusting 15″ (38cm) rings at top and bottom, sturdy cloth top, and nylon rope hanger. The 16″ (41cm) square plywood base supports the bait container and provides a landing platform for incoming butterflies. It is attached to the cylinder with S hooks, leaving an entry opening over 1″ (2.5cm).
Two models of these fully collapsible bait traps are available. Both extend to 36″ (91cm) high, and are 15″ (38cm) in diameter. The 1420C cone trap features a 12″ (30cm) inverted cone with 4″ (10cm) opening, and three rope tethers with Velcro tabs to hold the cone in position. The 1420L lip trap has a 3.5″ (9cm) screen lip at the bottom attached to an inner metal ring providing an 8″ (20cm) opening.
Often referred to as Agrias traps due to their success in capturing that genus, these bait traps are also used to collect other types of butterflies. They are compact, (16″ square x 2.25″ high, 41 x 6 cm, when collapsed), and lightweight (2.25 lbs.), easily packed in a suitcase or shoulder pack for travel.
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