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.
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)
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.