Gonimbrasia rhodophila




the exact distribution is a little uncertain due to the confusion with the very similar Gonimbrasia alopia. Rhodophila has been wrongfully synonymized with alopia by some authors. However this species differs quite obviously in the larvae, but also on DNA level. Rhodophila occurs probably in Central Africa only, from Cameroon to Kenya and south to at least Gabon and Congo (RDC).


around 10 cm


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

Food plants:

best on Salix (caprea, cinerea or similar), also Corylus


Suitable for newcomers, though a minimum of experience is required. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers when young but move to netted cages as soon as they have reached the 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 weeks, however this depends much of the food plant.  Animals reared on Corylus grow much slower (up to 10 weeks) though not more difficult. The pupal stage can take several months, especially during the cooler part of the year. 


avoid moist conditions