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  1. Try Bioquip for lights built for the purpose, they have corded, battery, and lights that use both. They'll definitely fit in a suitcase, and try looking at Goal Zero for batteries you can transport. Just be prepared to spend the money to get things that work. I've read a bit about using LED lights for moths, frankly, I don't see the purpose, unless it's simply for energy usage. I think the results are still debatable. Nothing wrong with ebay, if you stick to a seller that knows what they're doing and answers your questions.
  2. It's an easy mistake, unfortunately, nearly all interstate shipping, even of natives legally requires a permit, importing from off shore is going to be prohibited as well. Even shipping deadstock can require a permit if it's out of the country. I got into an argument once with a postal clerk and stomped off to a different post office where I changed my declaration form.
  3. Freezing or low heat in an oven, not a microwave. Where you're in Brazil, freezing is probably a good option, I doubt you see many frosts there.
  4. The next time I check my elephus grubs, I'll get out the digital scale and post some weights and dates, along with any other information, I'm using more of a forest floor type substrate, not exactly flake, so my grubs are growing a bit slower than I had expected.
  5. As far as lighting- I buy all my lighting equipment from Bioquip, very reliable and built for the purpose. Enjoy Payson, I had a contact there send me live granti one year, he sent me one male- a monster at 67mm
  6. Legally importing non-natives is not easy. Many years ago, I had dreams of buying lepidoptera livestock from WorldWide Butterflies in the UK, I looked into import permits. Sure, it was possible. Males in even years, females in odd years. Great. I'm sure it's harder now. Now, we just do it, and assume the risk, but cocoons are much different than beetle stock. But now, with the "new normal" shipping anything is a risk if you want it alive.
  7. I have spoken with a trader who knew several persons caught importing beetles illegally, fines in excess of 10 thousand and increased scrutiny, along with probation. You'd be better off flying to Asia and sending them to yourself. Some persons feel getting a permit is worth it, I've read the requirements, and wouldn't even try, but that's my feeling about the feds crawling over my house.
  8. That's going to vary on the sex of the grub, and the quality of care, as well as genetics. Goliathus can complete the egg to adult cycle in anywhere from 5 to 12 months. 6-8 is typical from what I've read. Of course, that's to pupation, and then they can spend another 6-8 months in the pupal cell.
  9. As an adult, or grub? Adults need fruit like banana, or jellies, along with warmth, light and a cage with objects they can climb on and flip themselves back over. Grubs- you need a care sheet from your supplier, I have a Goliathus grub, I used coconut substrate and fed it koi pellets with low fat content, as much as it can eat. The substrate needs cleaned every 48-72 hours, it can be reused. Moisture, damp, not wet, I kept mine on the dry side, but cool to the touch and it would stick together a bit, but not clump. Maybe that's where I went wrong- see below. At some p
  10. I think all frass can be used as fertilizer, I pour my Saturniidae frass into different plants when it's possible. Beetles shouldn't be much different.
  11. Bugsincyberspace currently has adult males only. 165.00. Raising the grub is not all sunshine and lollipops. Right now I have a serious issue and will post it in a different thread.
  12. I have a book of butterflies and other insects of the Eastern Caribbean.-It's a small book, only 85 pages, but there are a lot of all the orders represented, it'll vary from island to island, and the time of year, even in the tropics. There are a number of beetles, lots of butterflies and moths, and other insects. Bringing them back, I couldn't guess, but it's probably something you need to have a permit for to do legally. When I visited the Dominican Republic years ago, I went with a group and nobody declared anything, I even brought back livestock. A tourist destination like t
  13. I've read one article where the breeder uses fish flakes, and soft pellet treats for cats or dogs, I looked at them , but couldn't decide on a flavor.. When I purchased the grub, from Bugsincyberspace, there is/was a list of the recommended foods, substrate and pupation earth, I went with the entire list. It ended up costing around 130.00 for everything including the grub. I have koi pellets for a long time now- 3lbs, the coconut substrate can be cleaned and reused, and I assume so can the Georgia red clay for pupation. He/she munches the pellets right up. Someday, in the futur
  14. Good luck and welcome. You'll have access to more beetle species than we do in the USA, an internet search for "buy live beetles " should get you going.
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