Light Traps

Many night-flying insects are attracted to light. A strong light bulb hung in front of a vertical white sheet near bushland will yield a great range of insects. They can be picked directly from the sheet when they come to rest. An ultra-violet light bulb will increase the catch markedly. For a simple overnight light trap, a bulb can be suspended over a dish of water mixed with a few drops of detergent. Light traps attract lots of moths, bugs, beetles and some flies.

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