[Syrphidae] Sodium benzoate vs ethylene glycol?

Chris Bergh cbergh@vt.edu
Mon, 09 Apr 2001 11:06:22 -0400

Hello. I've had a couple of different people mention a couple of different
approaches to preserving adult syrphids captured in water pan and emergence
traps. Sodium benzoate is mentioned in a few papers and someone here told
me that they used ethylene glycol. Flies will be collected from the traps
at intervals no longer than 7 days. Any feedback on the merits of one or
the other would be greatly appreciated. It is likely that the samples will
be stored in vials in alcohol for a number of months before ID, so that is
also a consideration. Thanks very much. - Chris
J. Christopher Bergh
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