Malaise Traps – Townes Style
This series of Malaise traps are fast and easy to setup. Included with this trap is the addition of a framework of shock-corded poles, permitting quick installation. All you need to do is to simply hook clips onto provided poles. As the malaise trap is so easy to assemble, it can be repositioned anytime and used on a short-term basis.
The trap itself is nearly freestanding, requiring a minimum of two guy ropes, although we find that three guy ropes on the front, and one on the back was ideal.
However, the fact that it only requires two guy ropes can save time for those who need to deploy many Malaise traps in habitats where trees and bushes are hard to reach.
One advantage of the Malaise trap is that it efficiently catches flying insects such as Hymenoptera and Diptera. Since it does not, by itself, attract insects, placement of a Malaise trap can significantly affect the number of insects caught.
This Townes Style Malaise trap is ideal for scientists experienced with the situation and dramas of setting up a Malaise trap when the ideal location has no trees to supply support.
That being said, if necessary, the Malaise trap can be set up without provided poles. The trap itself provides all the loops needed for traditional installation: either supported with poles or hanging from trees.
Contents per Trap:
- 1 Townes Style Malaise Trap
- 1 Short Support Pole (300 cm)
- 1 Long Support Pole (450 cm)
- 1 Bottle Connecting Ring
- 3 Collecting Bottles (500 ml)
- 4 Guy Ropes (3 m)
- 12 Tent Pegs
- Carrying bag
- Dimensions: See image
- Weight: 2.3 kg (includes all accessories)
- Color: Black with white roof
- Roof – White Polyester (108 x 32 mesh/square inch)
- Baffles – Black Polyester (96 x 26 mesh/square inch)
- Support Poles – New pre-curved aluminium poles – Please note: when replacing the new poles to the old-model traps you need to use elastic cords or other tools
- Collecting Bottle – Polyethylene
- Assemble poles. Make sure segments are completely seated in joints;
- Push ends of longer pole into pockets of taller end of Malaise trap. Careful: do not over bend pole;
- Clip hooks around pole. Take care to maintain gentle curve in pole;
- Repeat Steps 2-3 with shorter pole and lower end of Malaise trap;
- Stake out guy ropes from top of both ends of Malaise trap to make it stand;
- Stake base of ez-Malaise trap, especially at ends of poles;
- Remove moth excluder from collecting head entrance if not needed;
- Additional guy points are sewn into ez-Malaise trap for use in wind.
$7.50 – $1,573.20