oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Preliminary report on the establishment of a light trap grid In southern Africa

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A grid of light traps is a convenient tool for the study of insect populations on an extensive scale. Data from light trap grids, which are used in conjunction with data on the development of immature stages, are proving of value in improving pest control in the U.S.A. and in eastern Africa. The history of a light trap grid for the study of pest populations in southern Africa, the organisation of the grid, and its equipment and methods, are briefly descriptionbed. Lists are included of light trap sites and often noctuid pest species on which data are exchanged. The aim of the grid is to provide entomologists in southern Africa with international data on the population fluctuations of important pest species. It is possible that use of these data will lead to the transformation of the grid from a research tool to a pest forecasting service for southern Africa.

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