light trap

noun

Definition of light trap

1 : a device that allows movement of a sliding part or passage of a person (as into a darkroom) but excludes light
2 : a device for collecting or destroying insects that consists of a bright light in association with a trapping or killing medium

Examples of light trap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 What's flying around Spread across Marion County, 20 light traps managed by health department workers attract and collect mosquitoes flying around in evenings and at night. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "With a rainy spring, Marion County had few mosquitoes. That's no longer the case.," 22 July 2019 Join our scientist hosts in the field for a macro photography workshop, setting light traps that allow us to capture up-close photos of some of the Amazon’s innumerable insect species. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 To explore any magnetic sense bogongs might possess Dr Dreyer and Dr Warrant used light traps to capture hundreds of the moths during their migrations over the course of two seasons. The Economist, "The first clear evidence of a sense of magnetism in insects," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of light trap

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of light trap was in 1906

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