As plant feeding exotics, they're illegal to even have, let alone import. The USDA requires a permit for these, and unless you're a curator at a zoo or museum, forget about getting the permit. There are more than likely hbbyist who have them anyway, but they probably won't admit it on a public forum.Originally posted by Bob
They are from Malaysia. Not legal to import.
LOL! That cracked me up. VERY cool insect, I know I've seen one before (in a picture of course)...but it's been a lONG time. I forgot how stunning they were.If you cross a "Leaf Insect" with a "Stick Bug" do you get whole tree?
Probably expensive for the same reason illegal drugs are expensive...sellers tend to jack up the price when they're risking getting busted! Unless these dealers are permitted and selling exclusively to permitted institutions, they're definately doing it underground. Of course, if you DO have the permit, you can often get ova or babies of these and other phamids free from other institutions, which makes the $139 price tag seem even more steep!Originally posted by Advocatus
I suppose your talking about Phyllium Giganteum?
There are dealers in America who sells them for about $139 for grown ups ...