A Helicopter-Mounted Isokinetic Aerial Insect Sampler


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 84, Number 2, April 1991 , pp. 476-483(8)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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A helicopter-mounted isokinetic aerial insect sampler was designed and constructed to study the distribution and density of weakly flying insects in the lower atmosphere. The volume of air sampled can be determined accurately by maintaining a nondivergent airflow into the sampler chamber. The velocity of the airstream is reduced inside the collection chamber so that small, delicate insects are usually alive after capture. The mean and variance of the airspeed, air temperature, and pressure level during each sample period of the collection flight are automatically recorded. Accurate documentation of the aerial densities of insects are obtained by the isokinetic aerial insect sampler at flexible but discrete levels within the lower atmosphere.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1991

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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