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

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  1. Flake soil is not technically soil because it is made from sawdust. Since the pellets used to make it are compressed and sterile, there are no regulations on flake soil made from Traeger or similar products, at least not for interstate transportation within the Continental US.
  2. Oh wow! Mine has taken 1.5 months already with no sign of finishing up soon. I will get some of those bags.
  3. How long until it is ready for stag beetles once transferred into those bags? I have a ton of stag beetles, ran out of flake soil, and while I have a new batch of flake soil, it is taking forever. I keep my buckets in the attic, and I try to remember to take a spray bottle up with me in case it looks a little dry.
  4. Did you get yours from @Peter Clausen? I managed to get four from him. I think I have at least one male and two females. There is one that I keep forgetting to check for the Harold’s Organ. I am weighing them weekly and keeping record of exact pellet counts every day.
  5. I have three 5-gallon buckets fermenting in the attic. Hoping they finish before it gets cooler up there. My Lucanus elaphus breeding was way too successful, and I am completely out of flake soil and can only make it in summer.
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. 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 b
  9. It was a nice, normal thread until this.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Since this thread was resurrected, mine is @themantismenagerie (just like everywhere else).
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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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