Gonimbrasia (Nudaurelia) krucki




Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania


up to 14 cm


in captivity more or less continuously, although the pupal stage can sometimes take several months (depending on local rearing conditions)

Food plants:

Prunus (laurocerasus, serotina, ...) is best. Also Salix, Quercus, Fagus, and probably many more


Suitable for newcomers. 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 6 weeks. The pupal stage can take several weeks to even months. The moths emerge after a cooler and drier period of several weeks, followed by higher temperatures and humidity.