Butterfly Traps

About Our Traps

Bait traps are used to capture Lepidoptera attracted to fermenting fruit, faeces, and rotting meat. Our butterfly bait traps have a number of features designed to improve performance and ease of use.

A 36cm (14") square landing platform made of easy to clean semi-rigid pvc is used for both sizes of trap. The bait or bait dish is placed on top of this. If preferred, using simple hand tools such as a jig-saw, you can simply cut a hole in the centre of the platform to accept a bait dish. The support cords attaching the main trap cylinder to the landing platform can be easily adjusted from 2cm (3/4") to up to 13cm (5") using sliding mini cord-locks, avoiding you having to struggle with strings and knots.

The main netting cylinder is fully washable and is sewn with no internal projecting seams. Four hanging points provide secure positioning. The cylinder is fitted with a full length double-slider side zip, for easy access to the butterflies at any point, and for the removal of unwanted insects. A white netting top may help to encourage butterflies towards the upper end of the trap. The larger trap also features an integral cone, to minimise butterfly escape.

Butterfly trap - regular

Butterfly trap - regular

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Trap cylinder dimensions: 30cm (12") diameter, with a total approximate length of 70cm (27"). Includes 36cm (14") square landing platform, support cords and mini cord-locks. The top of the trap is white, regardless of whether a trap with a white or black cylinder is selected.

A removable clear colourless PVC raincover is available. Please note that the raincover fits traps purchased from 1st April 2017 onwards. Earlier traps require a modification to the hanging tapes before the raincover can be used (please ask for details if you have an earlier trap and are interested in purchasing a raincover).


Price: £27.00 (32.40 Including VAT at 20%)

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Cylinder colour
Black White

Related products:

Butterfly trap cover - regular

Butterfly trap - large

Butterfly trap - large

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Trap cylinder dimensions: 40cm (16") diameter, with a total approximate length of 100cm (40"). Integral white netting cone 31cm (13") long, with 13cm (5") top opening. Includes 36cm (14") square landing platform, support cords and mini cord-locks. The top of the trap is white, regardless of whether a trap with a white or black cylinder is selected.

A removable clear colourless PVC raincover is available. Please note that the raincover fits traps purchased from 1st April 2017 onwards. Earlier traps require a modification to the hanging tapes before the raincover can be used (please ask for details if you have an earlier trap and are interested in purchasing a raincover).


Price: £42.00 (50.40 Including VAT at 20%)

Quantity:

Cylinder colour
Black White

Related products:

Butterfly trap cover - large

Butterfly trap cover - regular

Butterfly trap cover - regular

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This clear, colourless PVC cover can be fitted over the trap to protect the top third from rain.

Please note that the raincover fits traps purchased from 1st April 2017 onwards. Earlier traps require a modification to the hanging tapes before the raincover can be used. (Ask for details if you have an earlier trap and are interested in purchasing a raincover.)

Approximate dimensions: 33cm (13") diameter, 26cm (10") long


Price: £12.25 (14.70 Including VAT at 20%)

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Butterfly trap cover - large

Butterfly trap cover - large

In stock

This clear, colourless PVC cover can be fitted over the trap to protect the top third from rain.

Please note that the raincover fits traps purchased from 1st April 2017 onwards. Earlier traps require a modification to the hanging tapes before the raincover can be used. (Ask for details if you have an earlier trap and are interested in purchasing a raincover.)

Approximate dimensions: 43cm (17") diameter, 33cm (13") long


Price: £15.00 (18.00 Including VAT at 20%)

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Spare Landing Platform

Spare Landing Platform

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This is for the clear square plastic platform only, 36cm (14").
Photograph shows platform with protective opaque cover, which is removed before use.


Price: £12.65 (15.18 Including VAT at 20%)

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Bait Recipe

A Simple Bait Recipe to Attract Butterflies:
2-3 very over-ripe bananas (or other over-ripe fruit to a similar quantity)
3.5oz (100g) white sugar
1/2 can of beer
1/2 crushed brewer's yeast tablet (optional)
Warm water
2 pint container with lid

Mash or coarsely blend the fruit with the sugar, and pour into the 2 pint container. Add the beer (and yeast if using), and enough additional water to make up to the 2 pint quantity. Mix well. Place the lid loosely on the jar - it should begin to ferment, so do not place on too tightly or the container may explode!

The bait is now finished. It can be used straight away, or kept at room temperature and stored for a few weeks. To use, pour a small amount into a plant saucer or shallow bowl (with or without a small amount of chopped additional over-ripe fruit) and place where you wish.