TERMS & CONTACTS
THORNE'S INSECT SHOPPE Ltd,
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)
Insects listed in the catalogue with (C) after the name indicates that a Cites re-export permit must be obtained by Thorne's Insects prior to shipment. As of February 2012 The Canadian Wildlife Service has changed the Cites re-export permit procedure from Canada. We can no longer obtain the permits locally. They are now issued out of a central location near Ottawa. The process is now much slower. The time frame to obtain a permit now can be anywhere between 3 - 8 weeks. They are being received at the moment in about 3-4 weeks, but it could depend on how busy they are.
It is strongly recommended that because of the waiting time that you order all your Cites requirements at one time so they can all be put on the one permit and kept seperately from all other species.
Please note Customers in the EU countries need to have an import permit from their wildlife departments in order to legally import Cites listed butterflies into their country. You would have to wait until the Canadian permit is ready in order to make your application in your country as your wildlife would need to have a copy of the incoming permit in order to issue you your import permit. This is a very time consuming endeavour and you may not wish to go through this excercise.
For customers within Canada no permit is required.
TIS works within the framework of CITES. All materials offered are imported with the help and guidance of the Canadian Wildlife Service. Some species appear on Appendix II of CITES. While these species are not really endangered they might become so if not regulated. Any such listed species offered will be accompanied by a CITES re-export permit issued by the Canadian Management Authority. At the moment there is no charge for the permits, but due to extra travel time for permit validation at Canada Border Services, phone bills for applications etc... there will be a handling fee of $10.00 per permit. Each permit can accommodate a large number of species and numbers of specimens. This charge will not apply to orders within Canada. The original permit numbers will be supplied with the order if requested.
All insects are imported legally into Canada. Many countries now issue export permits with quotas on species hunted or trapped in the wild. Many of the species are raised or ranched on farms specifically for the industry, which provides a source of income in those countries. In this way habitat protection is recognized and the insects thought of as a renewable resource, giving great creedence to the statement "selling insects to save insects".
PACKING AND POSTAGE RATES
As postage rates vary depending on size of package and where in the world it will be sent, and as rates do change from time to time, postage is added by us at the time your order is processed.
In Canada and the USA we prefer to use the 4 - 5 day Expresspost or Expedited service, which provides tracking numbers for tracing.
Most species of Morphos have the abdomens removed from them in the field by the collectors. The reason for this is that many Morphos store fats from their larval days in their bodies. The grease stored in the abdomens tends to leach out and discolour the wings making them a black, greasy mess. While this can generally be removed by immersing the insect in fresh, clean acetone for an hour or two, this problem is prevented by removing the abdomens. Many times the abdomens are not sent with the specimens from the source. So if you wonder why some Morphos have no abdomens with them this is the reason. This problem does not seem to be prevalent in the females.
Some species, particulary the males, also exude oils over the wings. Many Saturnid suppliers are now sending the abdomens seperately with the specimens. If this is the case, the abdomen can be degreased by soaking in acetone for about an hour or so, then air dried. It can then be re-attached to the specimen using an ordinary white glue. This prevents discoloration of the wings by grease. The females seldom have this problem.ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS CATALOGUE
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