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Tony T
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Posted on 01-03-2007 21:49
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Susan R Walter wrote:
The entertainment value for passers by seems fairly high - perhaps another commercial opportunity there? Pfft
I've just bought a car, having not had one for 10 years, and I will of course be conducting a series of experiments this year to establish the attractiveness of light metallic green Scenics to Tabanidae.Grin

You'd be surprised at the responses. A couple of these out in a marsh has led to the locals thinking UFO's have landed. Cattle and horses like to rub themselves against the frame - with disasterous consequences (for the trap!), black bears like to play with the ball, equally disasterous. In the USA a friend has his black balls used as targets for trigger-happy riflemen.
Green cars are useless, trade it in for a black mpodel.
 
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So you think risking serious burns from the steering wheel and metal bits of the seat belt are worth it in order to get more Tabinids? Shock Don't fancy it myself.

I do fancy having one of these contraptions though, and will send you a pm for more details on the construction. Ideally mine will have to withstand being set on fire by the locals, that being their favoured method of entertaining themselves on the marsh, but although the site is an important one for water voles, I don't think the device will suffer much from their attentions. Grin
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Susan R Walter wrote:
So you think risking serious burns from the steering wheel and metal bits of the seat belt are worth it in order to get more Tabinids? Shock Don't fancy it myself.

I've been to the UK in Summer, big problem has always been rain - can't recall ever seeing the sun. Canada does get HOT, air-condition cars are the norm.Cool

I do fancy having one of these contraptions though, and will send you a pm for more details on the construction. Ideally mine will have to withstand being set on fire by the locals, that being their favoured method of entertaining themselves on the marsh, but although the site is an important one for water voles, I don't think the device will suffer much from their attentions. Grin

I think your best bet is a Malaise Trap. The trap I showed earlier is a Manitoba Fly Trap. A Malaise trap will catch hundreds of flies/day, including tabanids. MFT's catch only tabanids (saves a lot of sorting). Incorporating a black ball with a Malaise Trap gets you both Tabanids and other flies (+ wasps etc).
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No no no - you're thinking of the old, pre-climate change UK. Nowadays we have hot drought striken summers. Cool
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