A Review of Terrestrial and Canopy Malaise Traps

Michael J. Skvarla, Jonathan L. Larson, J. Ray Fisher, Ashley P.G. Dowling

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Malaise traps are important tools for the large-scale collection of arthropod taxa. Here, an extensive review of the history and literature concerning Malaise and canopy traps is given. This review highlights how trap design and placement can affect trap catch, which will help researchers to make more informed choices when planning research endeavors. Additionally, terrestrial and canopy-style Malaise traps are compared to each other and other types of arthropod traps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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  • Malaise trap
  • insect collecting
  • intercept trap
  • review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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