Holocerina guineensis




reported from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic


up to  7 centimeter for the females. The males smaller. In captivity they often remain much smaller


In captivity continuously when kept warm

Food plants:

Ligustrum, Symphoricarpos 


An easy species with very variable caterpillars. More then a dozen different color forms exist, some so different from the animals depicted here that they look an entirely different species. Caterpillars are fully grown within four to five weeks when kept warm.  Keep in well ventilated plastic containers (also when older, just make it more spacious). Do not overcrowd. The hairs on these caterpillars are urticating, so don't touch. Holocerina species make a cocoon. The pupal stage is short (only 3 to 4 weeks).