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Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs


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Bar-Ness, YD, McQuillan, PB, Whitman, M, Junker, RR, Cracknell, M and Barrows, A 2011 , 'Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs' , Australian Journal of Entomology , doi: 0.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00836.x.

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Sampling arthropods in the upper canopy of tall trees presents a range of challenges associated with
portability, cost, placement, replication and collection. Detailed schematics and instructions are
presented here for three trap designs: sticky CD cases, plastic bottle hanging flight-intercept traps and
drink bottleneck funnel crawl traps. By using simple and salvageable materials such as plastic drink
bottles and compact disc cases, the financial cost of an arthropod sampling regime in the crowns of
old-growth Tasmanian stringybark trees Eucalyptus obliqua (L’Herit) was kept to a minimum. The traps
collected comparatively diverse communities: the sticky traps catching high levels of Diptera,
Hymenoptera and Coleoptera; the funnel traps catching Diptera, Hemiptera and Coleoptera; and the
hanging traps catching Diptera, Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. The sticky traps were ranked best, and the
funnels worst, when integrating relative merits of cost, transport, durability, construction, placement,
retrieval, sorting and arthropod condition

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bar-Ness, YD and McQuillan, PB and Whitman, M and Junker, RR and Cracknell, M and Barrows, A
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Entomology
ISSN: 1440-6055
DOI / ID Number: 0.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00836.x
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