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    Who are the Mods?

    Yep, kind of why I strayed from arachnoboards. There was just so much arguing about tarantula care from beginners against experts a while back that i just had to stop going. You probably might recognize my username from arachnoboards too, I used to be on quite a bit. Recently I've been going back, but avoiding the tarantula parts. I was in the hobby for years but I just dont want to deal with any arguments anymore. Just one big salt fest. All the other subforums there are really nice though, people are usually pretty friendly. It's the high population ones that I can't do. A lot of the smaller forums frequented by professionals or very experienced hobbyists seem to be the best since those people understand rational discussion.
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    yes they do.
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    Who are the Mods?

    Ahh lol, I meant I've never seen him post! I should have checked my language haha
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    Who are the Mods?

    I honestly have never really seen Peter on here, he runs bugsincyberspace.com if anyone was wondering. Luckily this forum is small enough and not so well known that no one really trolls, fights, argues, or flames. It's really nice on here haha. I'm pretty sure "Admin" is a bot, FYI.
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    Well just let me know how it works out for you. I've tried raising them before and it ended up being more trouble than it was worth. Once they get bigger and start producing more waste they'll start fouling up their water pretty quick. They are considered indicator species for a reason, just forewarning.
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    They're very sensitive to water chemistry (although not the the level of plecoptera or ephemeroptera,) and should probably have a filter in each tank (cycled of course) and weekly/ bi weekly water changes. Raising megalopterans is an extremely in depth endeavor and requires a lot of work and dedication. Living (not just frozen live) food (scuds, niads, and larvae of aquatic insects) should be provided daily, their water should be cool (almost cold) and fast flowing, and very, very clean. It takes months for them to grow up and they need damp decaying wood to burrow into and pupate. Also did you know their pupae are the only ones on earth to have functional mandibles? And they *HURT*. The only way to get them off is to kill them with alcohol. I don't mean to discourage you, I'm just letting you know that aquatic insect larvae are orders of magnitude more difficult than beetle larvae. They require around the clock constant care unlike beetles and are usually not worth the effort. Odonata is the only order I think could potentially be worth it, but that is because they don't require cold, fast running, pristine water like other insect groups do (They'll do fine in a fish tank with a good filter) and their feeding behaviors and ease of care/hardiness compared to the others makes them quite suitable for aquarium life.
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    Yeah! It's surprisingly easy. I don't want to hijack the thread but what you need to know?
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    Nope, they're fully aquatic and sensitive to water quality making them difficult to keep. Plus they eat live food and are active hunters so a small container is a death trap.
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    Dobsonfly larvae

    I wouldn't risk it. Hellgrammites are very carnivorous and will try to overpower anything and everything. If you cant have them separated then give them lots and lots of hiding spaces and feed them as much as they can handle. Otherwise you'll end up with one fat happy one.
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    Goliathus - it has happened !!

    Thank you, that clarifies everything up for me. And thank you for submitting so many things to USDA to get them legalized!
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    Goliathus - it has happened !!

    So from what I gather (I've been gone for months jeez) the three species of Goliath listed above are now 100% completely and totally legal to own and transport in the USA (without a permit), and you can import them alive if you have an import permit? And Betle-experience recommends that you get a PPQ permit even though they're already legal just in case you have some kind of issue while acquiring them? I'm just trying to summarize this so that it's easiest to understand. Also just a quick question, you say that the states individually can cause us trouble, would that mean some states completely banning them regardless of what APHIS/USDA says (like pet skunks or foxes for example)? And if so do you have a list on what each state says about the legality of owning them? I apologize for all these questions I just got around to reading and checking up on the boards.
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    Legal to import insects?

    Alright thank you. That was very helpful. Just my main hesitation is that I am a double major in Wildlife Management and Biology, so if I accidentally end up doing something wrong/illegal it will have big repercussions since I specifically study this stuff. You don't happen to have any access to legislature to confirm this fact, since even though I trust you fully, I would like to check the laws to be sure. Thank you again, it was very helpful.
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    Legal to import insects?

    So you're saying that I can buy a bunch ( was thinking around 30 specimens at a time) of dead specimens and have them shipped, and not have to have a permit? IDK why but I feel like that's a little too simple almost. I found this: http://www.insectnet.com/us_fishandwildlife.htm which says that I would need a permit to bring them in, plus a bunch of fees.
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    Legal to import insects?

    Hi there, I've found a seller on ebay that I would love to buy insects from. None of the insects are on CITES, they're all ones like dried beetles, wasps, orthopterans and such. Is it legal for me to buy them and have them shipped to the USA without a permit? (the seller is insectofvietnem if anyone needs to know) I found on the USDA website (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information/permits/regulated-organism-and-soil-permits/insects-and-mites/CT_Insects) the phrase: "USDA does not require permits for dead insects and mites (with the exception of dead bees in the superfamily Apoidea under the authority of 7CFR 319.76). Under 7CFR 330.200 “Biological specimens of plant pests, in preservation or dried, may be imported without further restriction under this part, but subject to inspection on arrival in the United States to confirm the nature of the material and freedom from risk of plant pest dissemination.” A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Form 3-177 may be required." Would this mean I have to fill out a service form for for every shipment, and if I do how do I do that? Also does this mean I am not able to import bees? Sorry if these are dumb questions, I've never done it before and I don't want to have legal trouble. Also if anyone could be nice enough to go over the basics of importing butterflies and bugs and stuff that would very, VERY much appreciated.
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    Dynastes Hercules L3 Molt

    Wow! That's so cool! Is it a deformity on the third thoracic segment or the first abdominal?
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