Packaging and shipment of live insects is beyond the scope of this publication. Refer to Entomological Techniques : How to Work with Insects, by Alvah Peterson, for ideas. The shipment of live insect pests is subject to regulations of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.2
2Information permits are available from USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, Plant protection and Quarantine, Hyattsville, MD 20782
There are numerous biological supply houses throughout the United States which supply equipment needed for preserving and shipping insects. An Introduction to the Study of Insects, by Boyer, DeLong and Triplehorn contains a list. Local high school biology departments, extension agents, and colleges also can suggest suppliers. Ordinarily, no special equipment is necessary for disease preparation.
Forest Service employees should submit their specimens to entomologists or pathologists with forest Insect and Disease Management (State and Private Forestry). Homeowners and state agency foresters should check with their State Forester or county extension agent regarding specimen submission.