Trabala charon




widespread throughout a large part of central and east Africa, from Cameroon east to Kenya and south to Zambia and Zimbabwe, often in low numbers. The animals depicted here originate from Malawi (Dzalanyama forest)


In between 4 (males) and 5 (females) centimeter


broods continuously in captivity, with several flights per year. In the wild usually at the early beginning of the wet season.

Food plants:

In Africa reported to feed on Terminalia and Combretum.  In captivity they willingly accept Eucalyptus gunnii


In general this species should not give you any problems. Nonetheless avoid wet conditions. They can be reared in well ventilated, plastic containers even in the final instar as long as you provide enough space for the caterpillars and avoid all condensation. Never spray or give wet leaves, even though the caterpillars like to drink water (it's not at all necessary for them to grow and wet conditions promote the spread of diseases). Not a fast grower. The caterpillars need up to 8 weeks before they pupate. The pupal stage on the other hand is short, 2 to 3 weeks.