Pseudobunaea cf. pallens

 

 

Distribution:

the species described here is the offspring of a female I caught in the Dzalanyama forest (Malawi). It could be P. pallens, a species that is reported from Angola, Gabon, Congo (RDC), Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

Wingspan:

in between 12 and 14 cm

Season:

in captivity more or less continuously, however the pupal stage can take a few months (especially during winter). 

Food plants:

very reluctant to accept food plants. Mahonia aquifolium seems to be the only suitable alternative.

Rearing:

Difficult, not for newcomers. Keep warm (minimum room temperature or warmer), dry and clean. Rear in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers, especially during winter months when the central heating dries out the air.  Avoid condensation and do not give wet leaves, but keep the ambient air humidity medium to high. Ready to pupate within 8 to 10 weeks (depending on temperature and quality of the food, faster during warmer months). Even though they brood continuously in captivity, the pupal stage can be several weeks or even 2 or 3 months. The moths need a few weeks of warmer and more humid weather to emerge (a night temperature of around 20°C seems to do the trick). 

Difficulties:

getting the young caterpillars to eat