KLP probe

Function of the equipment

The function of the equipment is to monitor corn rootworms, and to detect those which get into the trap, as well as to take photos of them. Detected and photo data are sent through the GPRS module to the central data processing server.

The equipment has its own power supply for the time between placements, but energy is mainly provided by the solar cell power supply unit.

Structure of the equipment

The equipment consists of the following parts:

  • 150 mm diameter protecting tube
  • 94 mm trap
  • Combined sensor and photographing unit in a 150 mm protecting tube
  • Third generation IR2 detecting band
  • 12 core, shielded cable for power supply and communication
  • D-Sub 15 connector
  • Sample collector
Structure of the trap:

The function of the protecting tube of the KLP probe is to protect and cloak the mechanical parts. When placing the trap the protecting tube and the probe are need to be in vertical position, thus allowing animals to get into the trap.

After placing the protecting tube, the combined sensing probe system equipped with the photography equipment is set inside the tube, and the trap is placed above it (Picture 1.). The yellow bait paper and the pheromones are needed to be placed into the trap. Inside the trap, the animals fall into the detected area, where they are counted and photographed. The photography area is 21×30 mm.

Picture 1. The structure of the trap

The closure of the sensor case is ensured by stainless steel, both at the upper and lower part, and a glass tube in the detecting band. The sensor can be disassembled, making maintenance and cleaning possible. Following photography, animals which get into the probe are directed toward the sample collector.

Detecting is implemented by an IR 2 sensor with a 35 mm diameter effective detecting area. After detection, the animal gets to the photo chamber through a unique funnel, where a 640×480 pixel, 0,046 mm resolution photo is taken of it.