The Famous ASCII Pit-Fall Trap

Insect Collecting Information

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        clothes
          pin	         Styrofoam plate (rain guard)
     _____|_|______________________________________________________|_|____
    /     | |							   | |    \
   /      | | 							   | |     \
	  |O|							   |O|  
 	  | |                                                      | | 
__________| |	         / <-- condiment cup	     		   | |_________ <-- ground
	  |\|___________/					   |/|		     level
	    \\*********/ <-- swine (or other) feces     	   /
	     \\*******/						  /
	      \							 /
	       \						/ <-- 1 pint plastic cup
      /\        \					       /
      || 	 \					      /
 <= ground =>     \     				     /
      || 	   \________________________________________/
      \/ 	    \______________________________________/
 		     \_____________Anti-Freeze*___________/
		      \__________________________________/
	               \________________________________/
 		        \______________________________/


*Sierra Brand (the "non-toxic" antifreeze made of propylene glycol) captures and preserves 
any arthropods that stumble in. Soapy salt water works too.

ASCII Aspirator aka Pooter

                           
	 Bendable Soda Straws    		      air (and insect) flow
    ___________     	 _______________________________________
    __________ \ 	/ ______________________________________ <---
     	      \ \      / /           
	   ___| |_____| |___
	  ||  | |     | |  ||
	   |  | |     | |  |
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 	   |  | |     | |  |
           | || ||    | |  |
 ------->  | || ||    | |  | 
  Fine	   | \___/         | 
 Netting   |          \|/  | 
  (e.g.    |         >oOO  | <--- Mr. Ant says, "Hey, what just happened?!"
  panty    |          /|\  |        (with apologies to Gary Larson...)
  hose)    |_______________|

           Plastic Film Can

ASCII Black Light Setup

anchor line
between 2 trees                                                                            clothes pins    
------------------|||---------------||------------||-----------||-----------|||------------------------------------
                            |                                           | \_______________/   |\
                            |                                                      cord                |  \
                            |                                          | |                                   |    \
                            |                                          | |                                   |      \   
                            |                                          | |                                   |        \  
                            |                                          | |                                   |          \
                            |                                          | |                                   |            \
                            |                                          | |                                   |              \
 white sheet --->  |                                                                                |                \  <---- electrical cord
                            |                                  2 ft. UV light                          |                  \
                            |                                                                                |                    \                generator
                            |                                                                                |                      \        _____;---;_____
                            |                                                                                |                        \      |                        |
      stake --->  \   |                                                                                |  /                       \ < |      Honda       |
_____________\ |________________________________________|/_______________|____________|__

 


19 Mar 2006 Mike Quinnmike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology