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    Lepidoptera, Mantodea, Coleoptera (particularly Dynastinae and Lucanidae), Blattodea, Orthoptera, Amblypygi, Solifugae, Uropygi, Diplopoda, and Chilopoda

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  1. The Mantis Menagerie

    Packaging Beetles For Shipment..

    I had not heard about using those polymer crystals before. What do you put them in? I assume a Ziploc is too flimsy to reliably prevent leakages?
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    Packaging Beetles For Shipment..

    I just received a package from Peter, and despite 90-degree temps, all six grubs I ordered made it (including 4 Goliathus!!!). The package had three layers. The first two were nested, small Priority Mail boxes. One was slightly larger, but they fit together tightly (I can measure them when I get a chance). These two nested packages were put in a large Express envelope next to an ice pack. The grubs were placed in cups of flake soil (even the Goliaths). I also sent some roaches recently in similar temps, and they were in a 12 x 9 x 7 Priority Mail box. The bottom of the box had a piece of high-density polystyrene insulation foam with a paper-wrapped ice pack on top. The roach container went on top (70 B. giganteus with slightly moist paper towels in a large, rectangular Ziploc Tupperware that had about a 2-in x 2-in mesh ventilation hole in the top) and it was also wrapped in multiple layers of paper. The remaining space was filled with reused packing peanuts and I put a piece of Styrofoam on top. All the roaches made it with Express 1-day shipping.
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    Actually, the native Dynastes, Lucanus, and many of the other common pet species also require a permit. The main difference is that the permits for native species are usually easier to acquire than the permits to own an exotic, even if they have the same requirements at the various stages in their life cycle. Unfortunately, I have been told by the USDA Senior Entomologist that all of those group are also regulated (dung beetles fall under strict Veterinary Service regulations), except for the three Goliathus. Those three Goliathus are practically the only members of Insecta that can be imported without a PPQ 526 permit, at least probably the only ones that would interest hobbyists. The necessary permit is the PPQ 526, and it is free to apply for. I hold several valid permits, and I am allowed to own a number of species of exotic millipedes and regulated native beetles. I am in the process of acquiring the permit to own Cyclommatus metallifer that was captive-bred in the US at a local museum. Because this species does not require living plant matter at any point and because I am getting a particular bloodline that has been in the US for multiple generations (as a museum volunteer, I have helped rear some of them), I have been told that the permit will likely be granted.
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    Beetle Problem

    It was a nice, normal thread until this.
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    kinshi and substrate for japanese rhino beetles

    The permit is the USDA-APHIS PPQ 526 form. You can fill out an ePermits application and have it processed, but you are likely not going to get the permits for exotic beetles without a containment facility and could possibly receive a "cease and desist" order that would force you to kill your current beetles immediately. I would recommend that you either begin setting up a containment facility and then talk to one of the USDA entomologists directly to explain your situation (all the USDA entomologists I have talked to have been more than helpful in guiding me through the permitting process), or you could just quietly keep your beetles but not breed them (keep them in extremely secure tanks!). Once you do not have exotics, you could get the permits for some of the native species around the country, such as the Megasomas. They are indeed a magnificent species, but keep in mind that if it is coming from out of state, then it also requires a permit (it is likely to be granted).
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    Did these all come in on a museum import? I know the major supplier usually does two imports a year, and the museum I volunteer at just received their beetle shipment. We also got a Hercules beetle.
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    Since this thread was resurrected, mine is @themantismenagerie (just like everywhere else).
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    Hello from Japan!

    Welcome! Living in the beetle breeding capital of the world, you have access to all the species and specially formulated supplies we American hobbyists dream of. May I recommend Phalacrognathus muelleri as an easy to breed yet amazing species that is supposed to be quite common in Japanese markets?
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    Questions about shipping beetles internationally

    Technically, that requires permits, too. Interstate movement of Lucanidae, Dynastinae, and most of the other commonly kept species require a USDA permit for interstate movement.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    I put a dozen worms in their tank and kept adding more periodically. They also seem to like the brand of cat food I buy for my arthropods.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    How do you sex them then? Maybe I do have a chance at breeding them.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    They all have large horns. Do you have a picture comparing the two, so I could make sure?
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    I raised four from L3 and helped raise another three. Unfortunately, I think all 7 are males.
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    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

    Interesting. Adding a clay layer is also essential for success with Goliathus larvae. Maybe this method should be used with more Cetoniinae.
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    Pelidnota punctata

    I just did it, and I had one in about five minutes. That was the only one, though.