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Flotsam harvesting

Flotsam harvesting
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
April 20, 2007
I set up a sorting station in the front yard where escaping spiders would be no concern. (I didn't want them in the house.) I used a polyethylene storage container in flostam sorting. I did double handfuls at a time, looking first for larger beetles that I put into one of four arboreal traps I made from two-liter soda bottles I dug out of neighbors' recycling containers. (I'm not much of a soda drinker.) Then I went after the small guys with my aspirator.

I made a special spider pooter that works like a champ, thinking I might photograph the best-looking ones. But seeing the beetle work before me I soon gave up on that idea.

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