Gynanisa maja




reported throughout a large part of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Kenya and south to South Africa


in between 10 and 12 cm


one or two flights annually during the wet season. In captivity very irregular with moths emerging over a long period of time

Food plants:

In captivity Prunus laurocerasus and Quercus. In the wild Fabaceae (Acacia and relatives)


Some experience is required. Keep at room temperature or warmer, in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers. Keep dry and very clean. Avoid condensation, do not give wet leaves and do not spray. Growth is relatively slow, especially when temperatures are too low. Ready to pupate within 7 to 10 weeks. Pupal stage is several months to more then a year. Moths emerge after a longer period of higher temperatures and higher humidity.


getting the moths to emerge