Insects are attracted to light to navigate. This behavior have been evolved million years ago when the only light during the night are moon. Insects will fly directly toward the moon. This instinct causes insects to fly toward artificial lights. Insects are particularly attracted to light with shorter wave lengh, such as black light – You can obtain the black light tubes from pet store which they are sold to detect pet urines around the house. If you don’t have black light, you can use regular fluorescent light or halogen lights or simply trolling under the street lights. You will be surprised how many bugs you can find.
Collecting Insects with Light. If you don't have black, a regular fluorescent will do the job. I put a white cloth to reflect the light. It will also allow you easier to spot the visitors.
Moth attracted by light
An insect collection tube is helpful to keep the small insects. You might also bring a killing jar for larger insects.
What did I found?
Rove bettle is characterized by very short elytra and leave more then half or their abdomen exposed.
Rove Beetle (Possibly, Coproporus ventriculus)
Garden Weevil (listroderes difficilis) Side View
Garden Weevil Top View
Head of Garden Weevil
The Elytra of Garden Weevil
Abdomen of Garden Weevil
Thorax and Abdomen of Garden Weevil (under side)
Mouth part of a gerden weevil
an Unidentified June Bug
thorax and legs of a June Bug
the Head of a June Bug Side View
The Elytra of a June Bug
The side of a June Bug Showing the Elytra and Thorax
Unidentified June Bug showing the last few segments of the abdomen and legs
Leg of a June Bug
This tiny bettle is only 2-3mm long.
Photos are taken with Tuscen 3.0 MP CMOS microscope camera through the eyepiece of Ample Scientific SM Plus Stereo Microscope. The amplificion is either 20 x or 40x
My first attempt of making insect slides (of ants and aphids) using common household chemicals at my new practical microscopy blog at http://practical-microscopy.blogspot.com
a Picture of an ant - My first attempt of making insect slides