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Mantid Kingdom

Praying mantids and feeder insects!


Priority shipping is back

I have decided to bring back the USPS priority shipping option and will monitor and see how things go over the next few weeks. If all goes well then I will include my live arrival guarantee on all shipping options again. For now, I will only offer LAG the USPS Express 1-2 day and UPS 2nd day shipping options. UPS 3 day will be phased out if USPS priority ends up working normally again.

Shipping Update

This looks like the last week we will have for delays (fingers crossed) as I think everyone I have checked so far shows night temps warming up above freezing next week .  Just a couple places here and there that still look like it may be too cold to ship.  In case you are curious of my process, what I do is check your weather forecast and look at the lowest night temperatures through the week.  I try to ship packages when the temperatures during the estimated delivery timeframe do not dip below 22F.  The insulated bag will give a nice buffer and help keep the temperature from changing too quickly inside, but it ultimately will not prevent it from getting too cold (or hot) with extended exposure.  Most heat packs will add about 10-15F, however if temps are below 22F then even the heat pack could freeze.  These little critters are pretty resilient and usually things are fine.  They could even freeze for a short period of time, thaw out, and survive!  I would rather not chance it though.  At least not coupled with the extra day they could be in shipping due to the carriers still catching up a bit.

I know most of you totally understand and are completely fine with waiting until its safe, but I just wanted to give a bit more insight on the how and why I choose to hold a packages.

Shipping delays many eastern states due to cold weather.

I check the weather on the receiving side before packing any order. Weather in many of the eastern states is too low to ship safely at the moment.  Orders in those areas will be held until it is safe.  Please be advised that if your weather is too far below freezing, usually at or below 20F, I will hold your order until it warms up a bit.  This only pertains to orders containing any live specimens.  You can still order if you want to buy something that has come into stock that you do not want to miss out on.  Just make sure you are OK with it being held here until it is safe to ship.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Orchids will go live on January 1st! Yahoo and AOL mail issues still happening.

So, yeah. I will be posting orchids again on the 1st. Most likely at midnight PST or just shortly afterwards. There should be plenty this time around however there are still a ton of people on the wait list. I may raise the limit on how many can be purchased, but it will still be capped (sorry!).

I normally do not give such a specific time frame however Yahoo and AOL are still blocking many of my emails, so people who sign up for notifications may not always receive them.

I have disabled priority shipping for now due to issues with USPS mail. I know the other options are a bit more spendy, but with the increase in shipping delays, coupled with the cold weather, it simply is not safe to ship live nymphs via priority mail. Even express shipping is 2-3 days now fairly often.