Field Trapping with Attractants: Methods and Interpretation

  • Ring T. Cardé
  • J. S. Elkinton
Part of the Springer Series in Experimental Entomology book series (SSEXP)


Numerous insects communicate with pheromones that induce attraction or directed movement toward the pheromone source. Documentation of orientation to such chemicals and their use to monitor insect pests typically require development of traps and a trapping protocol. Field trapping also has served as the bioassay in the characterization and identification of many pheromones. Among the attributes sought in a trapping system are low cost, sensitivity to and specificity for the target species and user convenience.


Gypsy Moth Trapping System Sticky Trap Trap Catch Pheromone Trap 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ring T. Cardé
    • 1
  • J. S. Elkinton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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