Bunaea alcinoe




a large part of sub-Saharan Africa


In between 12 and 15 cm, quite variable in size


in captivity more or less continuously. However, pupae can remain dormant for several months if too cool and dry.

Food plants:

Polyphage, does well on Hedera, Liqustrum, Quercus, Fagus, Liquidambar, Rhus and many more


An easy species, suitable for newcomers. Keep warm (minimum room temperature) and clean. Rear in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers or netted cages (it doesn't matter much as long as you avoid condensation). Fast growing. Ready to pupate within 5 to 6 weeks (depending on temperature and quality of the food). Pupal stage is variable (in between 4 weeks and several months). Warmer and more humid conditions trigger the moths to emerge.