Gonimbrasia (Nudaurelia) amathusia

NOTE: The status of N. amathusia is unclear at this point. By some believed to be a subspecies of N. xanthomma, but there are differences especially in the caterpillars which are consistent and seem to be more then just natural variation.




the exact distribution is a little uncertain due to the confusion with the very similar xanthomma. Both species fly in the same areas and overlap at least partially in distribution. Amathusia is mainly reported from Cameroon and Gabon. The moths depicted here are from Obout village (Cameroon)


11 - 13 cm


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

Food plants:

Salix cinerea and Salix caprea are preferred. Other plants (Carpinus, Corylus, Liquidambar, ...) are accepted but often result in a slower growth


Suitable for newcomers, though a minimum of experience is required. Keep in well ventilated plastic containers when young, but move to netted cages when they reach fourth instar. 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. 


avoid moist conditions