West and Central Africa. Reported from Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo (RDC) and Tanzania. The animals depicted here originate from Cameroon (Obout village).
males in between 4 and 5 centimeters. Females significantly larger (in between 7 and 8,5 cm)
In captivity continuously (when kept warm)
Easy to rear on Prunus serotina, but probably all the typical Pallastica food plants
An easy species and fast growing for a Lappet. The caterpillars start spinning their cocoons already after 4 to 5 weeks. Moths emerge 3 to 4 weeks later. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers in all stages or move to a netted cage when older. When in a netted cage they are more tolerant for moist, in a plastic container things should be kept dry at all times. Keep warm (summer temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius during the day are best, do not go below 15 degrees at night).