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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

    Alaus lusciosus

    Alaus larvae are carnivorous. I was unable to get mine to eat pellet food, and I had to give them freshly killed insect prey.
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    Polyphemus moths

    https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/hostplants/search/list.dsml?searchPageURL=browse.dsml&Family=Saturniidae&Genus=Antheraea&Species=polyphemus&Country=&sort=Family This is a database of larval hosts for Lepidoptera. I would be careful of using species that only have one listing on this database.
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    Catching tigers

    Does your pitfall trap kill them? I should probably have specified that I am looking to keep Tetracha species as pets.
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    Biggest noob mistake ever made

    I think it was about five years ago at least, but I once a Luna moth in my area. It was floating in a river, so I rescued it and brought it home. I was looking at it and somehow, even though I knew very little about arthropods, I noticed it had no mouth parts. I assumed it had lost them. Since I had heard Lepidoptera (although I did not know that order name) taste with their feet, I spent the rest of the night trying to make it happy while it died. Looking back, I practically drowned the poor thing in all sorts of sugary liquids. I later found out that Luna moths do not feed as adults, only live a week, and (minus the river trip) was living normally.
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    Catching tigers

    Sorry to jump into this thread, but, @JKim, in what sort of habitat did you place the pitfall traps? I would love to find Tetracha tiger beetles, but so far, I have had no luck. If you have pictures of the traps, I would appreciate it.
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    Light trapping

    Also, I hope to devise some experiments to show the USDA that many of these insects are harmless to agriculture and work towards deregulation.
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    Light trapping

    My ultimate goal is to obtain the permits for tropical beetles, lepidoptera, and phasmids. I am also trying to work with AZA institutions as it would give me a larger market to sell to (only a few private individuals have permits). Therefore, I have to comply with all the USDA regulations.
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    Light trapping

    It is technically illegal for anyone to sell them without permits. I have the permits to both acquire and sell Blaptica dubia.
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    Light trapping

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    Light trapping

    As I said before, the USDA over-regulates. It seems to be impossible to get the permits to sell Dynastinae to non-permit-holders. Every person must have their own permits and then exchanges are allowed. I have the PPQ526 commercial biological supply permits for Blaptica dubia, Blatta lateralis, and Therea petiveriana. I also have a larger variety of roaches that I am allowed to purchase, but I cannot sell them to someone without permits. I would guess that Peter has chosen not to pursue permits because of a condition on any permit: the USDA is allowed to inspect. He would have to get rid of all the insects not on his permit or hide them. Plus, you cannot own the insects until the permit is granted, so he would have to find a “babysitter” for a few months.
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    Light trapping

    I can go till about 4am, but then I am done. I also have school, so it limits when I can catch up on sleep. I wonder if it is an AZA issue? Many institutions purchase from this company: LPS Imports.
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    Light trapping

    I just took down my light trap sheet for the night. I am too close to the city to get anything good, but I did it for the City Nature Challenge on iNaturalist.
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    Help identifying this larva? Eastern US, Western PA specifically

    It almost looks like a small Dynastes larvae to me. I am not good with larvae, though.
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    Help identifying this larva? Eastern US, Western PA specifically

    The link gives me an error. Could you try embedding it in a post?
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    Lubber grasshoppers

    I think my results for oviposition were not ideal. I have only obtained a couple oothecas from my grasshoppers. The females lay eggs in the substrate, so maybe they like a different mixture? The eggs I did get were kept in moist substrate. I had the egg container on a heat pad at one point, but I do not think this is necessary and neither is hibernation. I have not heard of timed feedings, but I doubt it is an issue, especially in captivity, where the photoperiod can be unpredictable.