Gonimbrasia alopia

 

 

Distribution:

West and Central Africa, from Sierra Leone to Kenya and south throughout Cameroon and Congo to Angola and Zambia. The animals depicted here originate from Amedzofe (Ghana)

Wingspan:

around 10 cm

Season:

in captivity at least two flights annually, but not continuously. Pupal stage can take months

Food plants:

Carpinus, Corylus, Liquidambar

Rearing:

Suitable for newcomers, though a minimum of experience is required. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers. Watch out for condensation and do not give wet leaves. Make sure the food is clean and fresh.  Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures as long as it does not become too cool (minimum living room temperature). The caterpillars are ready to pupate within 6 to 7 weeks. The pupal stage can take several months, especially during the cooler part of the year. 

Difficulties:

avoid moist conditions