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Beautiful Bugs

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  1. LOL I guess there's different varieties of everything.
  2. What type of beetle is the first one? Looks like a ladybug, but not quite.
  3. Glad to help. If you have any questions, ask and I'll try to help. heh It's actually great I'm able to help with something since I'm such a newbie at beetles!
  4. Keep in mind I do this with underwater inverts, however terrestrial inverts should be the roughly same.
  5. For what it's worth, I can describe the method I use to ship in freezing weather. I use a 7x7x6 priority mail box. Cut all 6 sides out of styrofoam and line the box with that. Cut an additional styro wall about 1/2" shorter than the regular height and use that as a divider. I use a 72hr heat pack and wrap that in newpaper, then place that behind the styro wall. Put the "bugs" in the container and wrap the container with newspaper. Then I use green fiber blown insulation to pack around the container. Put the top styro on, fold up the box and tape it, Then add on the label and send off priority. On average with shipping and all materials it costs me $10, however everything arrives alive. If you don't wrap the heat pack in newspaper, it will reach over 100F and be roasting inside the box. The heat is caused by a chemical reaction to air, so by wrapping the pack you slow down the reaction. May be a bit excessive, however it has saved me DOAs on shipping countless times.
  6. Thanks They are a new var, and just came out about 2 years ago from Taiwan.
  7. Thanks guys. I really am amazed by how many different colors and patterns shrimp come in. Some are cheap $1 ea. or so, and some can be $400+ ea. However no matter the price, I think they are super neat!
  8. So maybe a better question would be is there a list that states what bugs are legal to sell nationwide?
  9. I've looked on the net and I can't find banned insect lists by states. Anyone know of any links?
  10. Like too low humidity or incorrect pupaetion?
  11. OH! Good to know. What are messed up elytra a sign of?
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