How to make a pitfall trap

Set up a pitfall trap to carry out a small-scale survey of the insects in your garden. 

Illustrations by Alan Batley

Illustrations by Alan Batley

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Bury a plastic pot (such as a yoghurt pot) into the ground, so the rim is at ground level.

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2

Include a few leaves as hiding places, but low down so beetles can’t climb out.

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Position some stones around the rim, and a piece of wood on top to keep the rain out.

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Check the trap the next day and note what you see. Release the insects afterwards.

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