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Submitting Application for APHIS Permits to Acquire Native Saturniid Moths

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This page is a work in progress explaining how to acquire permits from the USDA APHIS for obtaining regulated Saturniidae moths.


Introduction to the USDA permitting process.

Application for USDA Level 1 and 2 status.

Level 2 e-permit activities.


We've obtained permits for shipping moths to customers, but the USDA has not approved these shipments for every state or specie available from us (click to view already approved species by state). Upon inquiring, I've learned that they are more apt to grant permits to those receiving the moths, that is, the customers. Permits are free but kind of complex. This page addresses the process, making it more simple for customers to apply for their own receiving permits if they've fallen through the cracks and aren't covered by our shipping permits.


Note: My NY partner's general receiving permit was only granted for the five most common species: cecropia, polyphemus, luna, promethea, and cynthia. He could probably apply for all other species using the exotic specimens method. As for my WI receiving permit, it was granted for: luna, polyphemus, io, anguilifera, promethea, regalis, splendens, cecropia, columbia, euryalis, and cynthia. We've had no trouble obtaining permits, and customers also report having no trouble obtaining permits. We're all using the methods documented on this page to obtain them.


E-account Sign-up Process - Level 1, The First Step


E-account sign-up: To start the application process, Level 1, the easiest way to explain it is to check out this link. Everything on the page is what you're required to submit. Having done so, and then having followed the instructions to authenticate the account, you've achieved Level 1 and can proceed to the last step, achieving Level 2, by presenting yourself to a USDA Service Center (there are many, everywhere), along with an I.D. such as your drivers license. When that step is completed, your account is Level 2, and is ready for you to begin submitting your applications.


Paper permit applications Form 526 look like this, but the electronic version is more involved. However, the process moves more quickly if the electronic version is used. Dr. Wehling explained to me how to properly complete it, posted below.


If you have questions regarding regulations and permits, beyond what's contained on this page, don't contact me. I know nothing other than what's here. Contact USDA APHIS, Pest Permits.


Level 2 Activities

Application process for general receiving permit, indigenous species.

Application process for receiving permit, exotic specimens.


Electronic permit application process for general receipt of indigenous species:

Received approval for this permit about 1.5 months after submitting application

  1. In blue-gray field on left, click "Create\Renew\Amend Application"
  2. Select "Plant Protection & Quarantine"
  3. Select "PPQ 526"
  4. Select "No."
  5. Select "New"
  6. Most of the information on this page will carry over from your eAuthentication account. If not, it's all about you; fill it out accordingly and logically. Hit "continue."
  7. Click "Enter New Article"
  8. "Originally collected," select whatever is appropriate, preferably "Within the Continental U.S." "Intended use," select "Educational Use"
  9. Scroll down to "Find regulated article by category" and select "Invertebrate Pests - Insects." Step 2 options will load; wait, then press "Ctrl" (Windows) or "Shift" key (Mac) and select each of the species that you wish to receive. Upon selection, click ">>" to move insects to the selection field on right. Insects are listed alphabetically. If help is needed for their full scientific names, do a web search for their common name, and you'll find both names in their Wikipedia articles. When you've made your insect choices, click "continue."
  10. For "Life Stage(s)," I recommend selecting only "egg" and "pupae," so you don't have to ship food plants. The USDA prefers this. For "Established in US?" select "yes." (This submission is for indigenous species only.) For "Major Host," enter "N/A". For "Additional Accompanying Material," select "None." For "Quantity" I entered "unknown." For "Units of Measure" I entered "Specimens." Click "continue."
  11. Do not enter anything for "Culture Designation." Click "continue."
  12. Click "Done Entering Articles."
  13. "Movement Type" select "Interstate Movement," as you are intending to ship these across state lines. For "Approximate Dates" enter "unknown."
  14. Under "Interstate - Origination . . ." click "Multiple States."
  15. Under "Regulated Articles" click "Check All." For "Origination States," check "Continental U.S." Click "continue."
  16. Click "Done With Origination Points"
  17. For "Destination - . . ." you need to enter your own information. If you simply check the box labeled "Destination address," that info will be pulled from your applicant file. For "release" select "no," because these are plant pests and the government doesn't want them released into an environment outside their point of origin. Then click "continue."
  18. Click "Enter New Proposed Measure."
  19. Under "Proposed Measure" click the drop-down labeled "Proposed Measures For:" and select "All Articles." For "Escape Prevention" check "Other" and describe as (this is our rearing method) "Raise indoors in sealed containers." For "Final Disposition Method," check "Freezing." (Remember: you're committing to these methods!) Click "continue."
  20. "Proposed Measures Summary" click "Done with Proposed Measures."
  21. If you have nothing to attach, click "continue."
  22. If you feel good about your completed form (you can view it by clicking "Printable Version"), then click "Certify and Submit," which completes the process for your application.

Level 1 intro

Level 2 activities.


Electronic permit application process for exotic specimens:

Received approval for this permit about 2 months after submitting application


Before ordering exotic moth species, you'll need to find specific suppliers. You'll have to name a supplier on your application. When I applied for an exotic specie, I attached a copy of the supplier's email stating that he would/could sell me those moths.

  1. In blue-gray field on left, click "Create\Renew\Amend Application"
  2. Select "Plant Protection & Quarantine"
  3. Select "PPQ 526"
  4. Select "No."
  5. Select "New"
  6. Most of the information on this page will carry over from your eAuthentication account. If not, it's all about you; fill it out accordingly and logically. Hit "continue."
  7. Click "Enter New Article"
  8. "Originally collected," select whatever is appropriate. "Intended use," select "Educational Use"
  9. Because this is a receiving permit with a specific origin and destination, select only species that you have prearranged with your approved supplier.
  10. Scroll down to "Find regulated article by category" and select "Invertebrate Pests - Insects." Step 2 options will load; wait. Select preapproved species that you wish to receive by pressing "Ctrl" (Windows) or "Shift" key (Mac) as you select. Upon selection, click ">>" to move species to the selection field on right. Insects are listed alphabetically. If help is needed for their full scientific names, do a web search for their common name, and you'll find both names in their Wikipedia articles. When you've made your insect choice, click "continue."
  11. For "Life Stage(s)," select what applies, but you're only going to be allowed to receive sexed pupae or adults, and no food plants. For "Additional Accompanying Material," select "None." For "Quantity" I entered "unknown." For "Units of Measure" I entered "Specimens." Click "continue."
  12. Do not enter anything for "Culture Designation." Click "continue."
  13. Click "Done Entering Articles."
  14. "Movement Type" select "Interstate Movement," as you are intending to ship these across state lines. For "Approximate Dates" enter "unknown."
  15. Under "Interstate - Origination . . ." click "Single State with Address."
  16. Select your insect choice. For "Origination . . ." you need to enter a specific supplier. After entering, click "continue."
  17. Click "Done With Origination Points"
  18. For "Destination - . . ." you need to enter your own information. If you simply check the box, that info will be pulled from your applicant file. For "release" select "no," because these are plant pests and the government doesn't want them released into an environment outside their point of origin. Then click "continue."
  19. Click "Enter New Proposed Measure."
  20. "Proposed Measure" select the specie you have designated on this application. For "Escape Prevention" check "Other" and describe as (this is our rearing method) "Raise indoors in sealed containers." For "Final Disposition Method," check "Freezing," or there may be a requirement to pour bleach on the moth. Click "continue."
  21. "Proposed Measures Summary" click "Done with Proposed Measures."
  22. If you have nothing to attach, click "continue." I attached a copy of an email from my designated supplier, to show that I was working with an approved supplier.
  23. If you feel good about your completed form (you can view it by clicking "Printable Version"), then click "Certify and Submit," which completes the process for your first application.

If you return "Home," you can click on "All saved applications," copy the top one that you've submitted, then go through it and change the specie. Just click the "Done" buttons until you get to that section, change the specie only, and finally submit each application.


I do not guarantee the absolute accuracy of these instructions. There could be typos. There could be other errors. I cannot guarantee that you'll be granted a permit having submitted your application with my instructions, but I was granted the permit I applied for, which was for an exotic specie, Attacus atlas, and it took two months. If you are unsure of this process, contact the USDA APHIS.


Level 1 intro

Level 2 activities.


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Please note: If you are inquiring about moth rearing but are a different vendor's customer, please read the information on this web site, but contact your own vendor instead. I will gladly answer customer questions on this topic, but non customers are making inconsiderate demands of my time, and I am too busy for this. My information is already available on this site. Please make use of it.

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