Yellow Pan Traps

Many day-active insects are attracted to the colour yellow. This trapping method uses small yellow dishes filled with water mixed with a little detergent. The dishes are placed on the ground in open areas in the morning. When flying insects land on the surface of the water they rapidly sink and drown. At the end of the day, the water is strained through a fine sieve and the specimens are retrieved. Blue dishes can also be effective and often attract different insects.

Line of yellow pans in open area Line of yellow pans in open area

Emptying yellow pans Emptying yellow pans

Specimens caught in yellow pan Specimens caught in yellow pan

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