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#1 2013-01-03 00:48:50

Alan Outen
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Name: Alan Outen
Registered: 2010-06-24
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Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

I am aware that the commercially purchased sweep net that I have been using up until now is not really very good for Diptera as it is not deep enough and the cotton fabric does not allow sufficient air to pass through it. I have been trying to find a net more along the lines of those that I have seen others Dipterists using in the field (or in photos), but the suppliers that I have used do not appear to stock anything appropriate.  I would certainly like to be more suitably equipped before the 2013 season gets under way. I don't think I would be capable of making anything that would be satisfactory!

I would be grateful if someone could advise me what would be the most suitable product and where I could obtain one. Please contact me off-group if you are concerned about advertising specific suppliers via this site.

Many thanks

Alan

Last edited by Alan Outen (2013-01-03 03:36:25)

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#2 2013-01-03 12:03:21

KenMerrifield
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Name: Ken Merrifield
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

I use the former Marris House nets as in the Suppliers List
http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t585- … liers.html

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#3 2013-01-03 19:15:08

Alan Outen
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

Many thanks Ken. I had failed to pick up this link via the site previously! I will give them a ring and see if they can advise the best combination of frame and bag for flies.

Alan

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#4 2013-01-03 22:26:53

schultmay
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Name: Barbara Ismay
Registered: 2008-02-14
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

Dear Alan!
Sorry for not having responded to you email, buit we had a deadline end of the year amd it got rather hectic.
We also get our netbags from the same supplier as Ken, but John has a special design for a netbag, which is more tapered than usual on one side, hence it is less likely to get caught in thorns.
The material that we prefer is terylene voile and the rim is heavy duty calico (you need to mention this to them especially if you would like this net).
We get our frames from Australian Entomological Supplies as well as the handles. We find these studier and they are not screw fittings, hence less likely to come undone. We think we have 15 inch diameter frames and the handle is ca 1m long. However, postage is expensive from Australia.
We cannot measure ours at the moment as we are on the move and writing this from our mobile.
Best wishes,
John and Barbara

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#5 2013-01-04 12:09:18

Alan Outen
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Name: Alan Outen
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

Very many thanks Barbara. That is very helpful information. I hope you have a better year and perhaps we can meet up again.  Very best wishes to you both.

Alan

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#6 2013-01-04 15:04:09

Mark
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Name: Mark Mitchell
From: Hampshire
Registered: 2008-06-17
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

I have used the Marris House nets too and found them very good. However I now use the 40cm nets from Paradox Insects (Poland). The Tubular frames and Fibreglass handle are very light. They have a bewildering range of handles from 50 cm to 5 metes

I have the 136 cm Telescopic handle and a 70 cm one-piece handle. I use the latter most of the time, the former is used for sweeping trees. For the Telescopic handle I wish I had gone the more expesive version that can lock in place at any length (i.e. the 2m one), as my one only locks in place when fully extended. (but it is handy that will collapse to fit in the car). Fibreglass handles are not only light, but one does not get black hands as one does from the aluminum ones.

Their net bags are very fine and don't have the usual reinforced opening, unlike the Marris House nets. The Paradox bags look very flimsy, but they have proved to be otherwise, they seem slightly less inclined to not get caught on brambles and rarely tear if they do, the absence of the reinforced opening has proved not to be a problem.

Mark

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#7 2013-01-04 19:41:57

Alan Outen
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Name: Alan Outen
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Re: Suitable Sweep Nets for Diptera

Many thanks Mark. I now have a lot of useful information to ponder and I am sure there will be others will also find this useful.

Alan

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