I am already in Cambodia as we speak! Everything is succesful so far. I already did some first nights of moth trapping and found common but very nice species of hawkmoths like Amplypterus panopus and Acherontia lachesis. There are many, many Lymantriidae such as Nygmiini and also very common are Crambidae species.
Turns out after all, I need an export permit to take this material out of the country. Now I am a bit worried. I have collected a LOT of material, I think there is no chance that customs are not going to see this given the sheer amounts. I can leave it here and have it mailed to me later after getting a permit. Is it worth it is just taking it back home with no permit at all?
Thanks! I am more concerned about what they would think of it at Schiphol. I fly via China, I'm pretty sure Chinese customs won't care much. But Amsterdam is though.
Haha- do not assume the Chinese customs won’t care. There is an overwhelming amount of smuggling in China, and if you’re caught there are significant risk. I say have the farm help you with permits and ship directly. They export pupae and know how to get their butterflies to a location very fast.
I always have transfer in Shanghai but have my bugs in checked in suitcase so the airlines always take care of it and never had any problems with customs there. Amsterdam should be easy, just declare that you are bringing dead dried insects.