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  1. Well that’s a whole lot more than I’d expect for $20, how good’s the runtime on it?
  2. They just took a few seconds to look at the containers, but that was it. The AG check is done regardless, they just want to make sure you aren’t bringing home harmful invasives
  3. Figured I’d start a (hopefully) fun chain here, what are y’all’s favorite flashlight brands/models to hunt with? I’ve seen a lot of people with cheap lights you’d pick up at a Walmart, but is anyone else here real into using a good quality, powerful light? I personally use an Olight S2R Baton II, since it’s incredibly convenient (this thing is less than 4 inches long and less than an inch in diameter) and more than powerful enough (400 lumens for 4 hours, 1150 for a few minutes, or 120 for 16 hours, and of course 15 lumens for I believe 100 hours) to night hunt with.
  4. I would recommend actually putting them in your Check-in luggage and declaring them to the USDA agents at the airport. I suspect they probably put outgoing packages through an agricultural check (like they do at the airports) and it’s much easier to explain your specimens in person. The agents stationed there told me they were mainly looking out for O. Rhinoceros and invasive Gastropods like the GALS, and let me bring (to America) a species of invasive (though not pest status) flower beetle and another invasive roach species
  5. The flower beetles yes, maybe the centipedes but I’m not sure
  6. Most of the insects you’d be looking for in Hawaii are actually invasives from Asia. Oryctes Rhinoceros and Protaetia Orientalis are both interesting species from Asia, though one is considered a major pest. The way they treat the two species is drastically different, when I visited Oahu the USDA agents at the airport allowed me to transport a couple of P. Orientalis and several Pacific Beetle Mimic roaches after I declared the specimens to them and they inspected them (Hawaii airports have a special detection device that supposedly detects anything organic in your luggage). Attempting to tran
  7. I don’t know if they do, but I’ll have to find out. If they don’t, then I’ll probably use fedex
  8. Heyall, due to issues I’ve been having recently with USPS (namely they are delivering packages VERY late, I’ve been waiting on a package for 5 days) I will no longer be using USPS to ship insects. I will most likely be using UPS from now on to ship insects. This will probably mean a small increase in my shipping price, but I just can’t rely on USPS at the moment. I may resume using USPS after the election in November (let’s all be honest here, mail in voting is almost certainly the reason for USPS’s current lack in service) and I recommend that everyone else does the same. Paying a little extr
  9. Not that much, but they can take a good amount as long as the cage doesn’t dry out (and more importantly, the fungus)
  10. I’ve personally only ever used hard shelf fungi, and I’ve never had any problems with mold myself.
  11. Great to see you here Peggy! This is Stepp, and I’d say this year was pretty exciting even if it was virtual!
  12. It is possible it was mislabeled, however it seems more likely that it’s a young L3, as they don’t develop the yellowish color until they’re further developed. A good way to be certain is to look up the head diameter of each stage, then measure the head of the larva you have (most measurements in the beetle hobby are taken in millimeters, so a metric ruler or a set of calipers would be most useful in this situation). while I’m not totally sure, I think it can be safely said that the egg-adult cycle of Xylotrupes Gideon (in good rearing conditions) is most likely around a year, though it c
  13. Most of the forested areas along the chattahoochee river are highly productive areas, especially if you’re looking for L. Elaphus
  14. Don’t have any advice for light traps, but Georgia is probably the best place to take a stop if you’re looking for large beetles
  15. Yes, it is possible that your larvae could be harmed by some of the minerals if ingested, though more from not being able to eat minerals than from being poisoned
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