Techniques: Aspirator

3 Sep
Aspirating insects at a light sheet.

Aspirating insects at a light sheet (Welder Wildlife Refuge).

New page up in the techniques section.  Please check out my explanation of the aspiration technique for collecting small or delicate insects.

Find more techniques for insect collecting and rearing in the techniques section.

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4 Responses to “Techniques: Aspirator”

  1. Ted C. MacRae September 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    I think moths are one group of insects I would avoid using an aspirator due to the wing scale. Otherwise I couldn’t get by without one (simple version – tube and tubing with mesh in between).

    • 6legs2many September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

      That’s probably good advice. In truth, I’m wary of collecting the smaller moths because I don’t seem to have the finesse necessary to spread their delicate wings!

  2. Malavika March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Bug girl, I enjoyed reading this post and I have earmarked it for future reading of all your posts. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge about bugs so generously!

    • 6legs2many March 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      Thank you very much; I appreciate the feedback!

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