Gonimbrasia (Nudaurelia) petiveri

(Synonyme Nudaurelia dione)




widely distributed throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa, from Ivory Coast to Kenya and south to South Africa. A very popular species in captivity, readily available usually as imported pupae from Kenya


in between 10 and 12 (13) cm


in captivity at least 2 flights annually, but not continuously. Pupal stage can take 2 to 3 months or even longer when the rearing conditions are not optimal

Food plants:

Betulaceae (Carpinus, Corylus, Betula, Alnus), Fagaceae (Quercus, Fagus, Castanea, ...), also Salix, Liquidambar en many more


An easy species, suitable for newcomers. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers when young. Older caterpillars can be reared either in large well ventilated plastic tubs or in a netted cage. It doesn't matter that much as long as there is no condensation inside the container. Do not give wet leaves. Make sure the food is clean and fresh.  Clean the cage often, this is a fast grower with an appetite, resulting in a considerable amount of frass. Keep at living room temperature or warmer (around 25°C is ideal). The caterpillars are fast growing and ready to pupate within 6 weeks. The pupal stage can take several weeks to months.