The African Rhodopteriana are fairly large members of the Monkey moth family. This is a poorly studied genus with approximately eighteen species. The early stages of many Rhodopteriana are still unknown, but those known seem to have a preference for Oleaceae, especially Jasminum and Ligustrum.  However, they also seem to have a very limited diet. Some species - like obscura- do accept Ligustrum vulgare but show no interest in other Ligustrum. This makes finding a suitable alternative food plant more challenging. The beautiful hairy caterpillars make the extra effort worthwhile.


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