Gonimbrasia (Lobobunaeoides) eblis




West and Central Africa, from Sierra Leone to West Kenya and south throughout Cameroon and Congo to Gabon and Tanzania


up to 16 cm. Males larger then females


one to two flights annually, but not continuously. Pupal stage can take months

Food plants:

Salix caprea and cinerea, Mahonia aquifolium, Rubus, Rosa


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 to cool (minimum living room temperature). The caterpillars are fast growing and ready to pupate within 4 to 6 weeks. The pupal stage can take several months.


avoid moist conditions