VSI IR-735 Insect Collector with Counter. The device is an automatic insect aspirator, build to carefully collect and transfer a defined number of flying insects from one rearing cage to another target cage. In a way it is a modern day version of a "Pooter", especially suited for mass rearing settings and insect research facilities.
The inner chamber size (35 cm x 35 cm x 35 cm) of the VSI IR-735 Insect Aspirator is suitable for standard rearing cages ('target cages') up to 33 cm side length. Insects are captured in the source cage via a vacuum pipe ("pick-up straw") with variable hose length; the associated ventilator for creating the suction force is screen mesh protected and positioned below the target cage. Insect collection is started/stopped via a foot switch for easy, hands-free operation. As insects are entering the target cage, their number is counted with a photo sensor and the collected number is displayed. The device requires 220 V. Please see the IR-735 specifications (pdf file) below or contact us for details. The device can be custom-made to fit any insect cages sizes.
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Flying insects can be collected using a variety of methods, largely depending on the collection site, species and scope. Some common techniques are:
The choice of collection method will depend on the specific objectives of the study, the habitat and insect species of interest and the resources available. It is important to choose a method that is appropriate for the target insects and minimises harm or damage to the collected specimens.