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1. (WO2003055301) INSECT HOLDER

Pub. No.:    WO/2003/055301    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2002/005880
Publication Date: Jul 10, 2003 International Filing Date: Dec 20, 2002
IPC: A01K 1/06
A01K 15/00
A01K 67/033
Applicants: INSCENTINEL LIMITED A British Company of
DAVIS, Paul, James
TOMKINS, Peter, William
CHERRY, Kenneth, Alan
BAYLISS, Justin, Sheldon
Inventors: DAVIS, Paul, James
TOMKINS, Peter, William
CHERRY, Kenneth, Alan
BAYLISS, Justin, Sheldon
Title: INSECT HOLDER
Abstract:
An insect holder for holding an insect of a particular type, e.g. a forager honey bee, comprises a housing with a chamber adapted to receive an insect of the particular type, an inlet to the chamber through which an insect of the particular type can pass to enter the chamber, a head opening to the chamber adapted to permit the head of an insect of the particular type in the chamber to pass therethrough to the exterior of the housing while retaining the insect in the housing, and retaining means for retaining an insect of the particular type in the chamber with the head of the insect protruding through the head opening to the exterior of the housing, such that the insect is unable to turn around in the chamber. In use, an insect of the particular type enters the chamber via the inlet, and is then retained in the holder by the retaining means. The insect is retained in the chamber, with its head protruding through the head opening of the chamber. The insect is constrained to be unable to turn around in the chamber or withdraw its head into the chamber, so the head of the insect must remain outside the chamber. The insect is thus held in the holder with the head visible, so that observations can be made on the insect head, e.g. monitoring proboscis movement in known manner. When observations are finished, the retaining means can be removed or deactivated so that the insect is able to leave the chamber, with the insect unharmed and undamaged.