I have been collecting butterflies and other insects for over 30 years and this is the best aerial butterfly net I have ever used. The net collapses down to only 24 inches with the hoop detached. It is very portable and convenient because the entire unit fits easily into my backpack or motorcycle storage bag. It is made with a fine woven strong mesh netting that is easy to see through. This Aerial-Butterfly Net is ideal for the professional entomologist and nature hobbyist alike.