Insect populations over a 1.2 hectare southeast Arkansas livestock pond were sampled to consider the possibility of their use as a fish food supplement. A commercial insect attraction unit was suspended above the pond, and attracted insects were collected. Insect populations were sampled 3-4 nights each month, January-December, 1976. Insects collected were identified and analyses were performed to determine nutritional composition and pesticide content. Insect samples were variable, however, 62% of the insects identified were in the Order Diptera and 97% of these were in the Family Chironomidae. Nutritional analyses revealed insects were more than 60% crude protein. Pesticide analysis indicated 0.98 ppm toxaphene was present in the insects
Merkowsky, Andrew J.; Handcock, Ambus J.; and Newton, Scott H.
"Attraction of Aerial Insects as a Fish Food Supplement,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 31
, Article 24.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol31/iss1/24