Water Stick Insect in a Bottle Trap

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Water Stick Insect in a Bottle Trap

Postby birderjeff on Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:14 pm

Hi All,

Bottle traps are frequently very good for obtaining Freshwater inverts, as well as the more sought after quarry in the form of Great Crested Newt (make sure you follow the guidelines and are covered by a license).

A couple of days ago I unexpectedly trapped a Water Stick Insect Ranatra linearis. Following discussions with one of the regions top Freshwater Invertebrate specialists it would seem to be a most unusual capture. It also seems remarkably scarce in the rECOrd area with only some 8 ponds with proven records. An image of the animal in question can be found on the Cheshire Freshwater Group on the link below.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CheshireF ... 20&dir=asc

Cheers

Jeff Clarke
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Re: Water Stick Insect in a Bottle Trap

Postby guitarmaniscool on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:04 pm

I have captured water stick insects in Tatton Park and also in Delamere Forest, where one pond on Whitegate way contained several specimens. I think they seem to be making a move north!
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