Pallastica species South Africa




The species in these pictures comes from South Africa. I believe this is Pallastica lateritia, a species that is widespread throughout Africa from Mali to South Africa


females large (in between 6 and 7,5 centimeter), males much smaller (less then 4,5 cm)


In captivity continuously when kept at room temperature

Food plants:

Rubus, Arbutus and somewhat reluctantly Rhododendron


Easy but fairly slow during winter months. Caterpillars are ready to pupate in 3 months (faster in the warmer part of the year) .  Keep the first 3 to 4 stages in well ventilated plastic containers and move to netted cages when older. Keep dry and warm (room temperature).  Pupal stage is short (approximately 2 to 3 weeks). 


sensitive to poor quality food during winter months