Lobobunaea phaedusa




West and Central Africa, from Ivory Coast to the Congo's and south to Rwanda and Gabon. The moths displayed here are from Cameroon.


in between  14 and 16 cm (exceptionally larger)


one to two flights annually during the wet season. In captivity very irregular and hard to synchronize. 

Food plants:

Salix (best), also Liquidambar, Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, Corylus


An easy species.  Keep warm (minimum room temperature), in spacious well ventilated plastic containers when young, but netted cages when they've reached the final instar The caterpillars tolerate company very well, but need more space in the final instar. Keep dry (avoid condensation and wet leaves, do not spray).  Fast growing. Ready to pupate within 5 to 6 weeks. When ready to pupate move to individual plastic containers lined with paper towels until they have pupated. The pupal stage can be several months to over a year. Moths emerge very irregular in captivity.


getting the moths to emerge