Post by beetlenerd on Aug 21, 2020 21:03:35 GMT -8
I have been breeding beetles for years in Japan but since moving to the US I have never had the opportunity. I may have an opportunity in the coming month to order some live Dyanstes Granti from Arizona and have it sent to Illinois. I'm wondering if it's legal to receive live beetles in the mail being in Illinois? I've never done this before so I have absolutely no clue and online searches have found nothing. Thanks in advance!
Strictly speaking- shipping live insects out of state into another requires a permit. Realistically, you can ship anything through the USA mail and not have an issue. Many of us routinely ship livestock. I have received live granti through the mail before, make sure and use priority shipping. Now and then, Insectnet members will offer beetle livestock, I've bought live Dynastes tityus, and Lucanus elephus.
Usually, even though there is a classifieds for beetles, sellers typically list them in lepidoptera as well, you're unlikely to miss anything. You can also post a want ad, be sure and read the warnings about doing that. There are sellers I know who have listed beetles before, Ted Frey, Nathan Boob and I think Greg Bingaman. When I bought my granti from AZ, I solicited someone near Payson and he was very helpful, one of the males he sent was a monster.
Post by Chris Grinter on Jun 14, 2021 8:52:42 GMT -8
Don't forget that Illinois has it's own Dynastes- D. tityus! You could breed those legally in the state, they can be pretty common at lights down south in the Carbondale area. You can also get stag beetles with them (and breed those too!).