Finding the Rare Bug
Collecting bugs can be difficult here in the southwest. We have to
be a little ingenious and have devised this method of trapping them. It
works especially well if hung at arms level at swapmeets. As you can see,
it consists of a wire mesh cage with a one way door. We have used J-37's
as shown here for bait, but J-38's or a classier straight key would
likely bring in better results, maybe even a Melehan (though the cage
would probably have to be built a bit bigger!) This "Bug Box" was
actually designed by Ed Faulkner in Ohio, and he swears it has thus far
captured a Postal Telegraph Test unit (1904 Skirrow Patent) as well as
several other choice pieces!
Here is the New Mexico Bug Box in action. All we're using for
bait is the J-37, and so the prey turns out to be a J-51. You will
get better results with better bait. Also, you need a bigger opening
in the box to catch, say, a Vibroplex!
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