The Lophostethus genus has the largest African hawk moth as member. Or should I say members? There used to be only one very widespread species, occurring in most of sub-Saharan Africa. But of course, there are entomologists who have been elevating subspecies to species level. Is it possible that there is more then one Lophostethus? Yes, it's even very likely. How many, that still remains to be seen.

The rearing is easy, even during winter months. The caterpillars are more looking like a Saturniid and don't resemble a typical hawk moth caterpillar.