Getting imported pupae to hatch at the same moment is always a little bit more difficult then with captive bred livestock, especially the African species. The male zambesina in this picture is the fourth moth since November. Luckily, I had twenty pupae en thus there are still a good number left. I hope the rest of them will wait until spring. The caterpillars are quite spectacular and not so difficult to breed. Gonimbrasia zambesina is one of the more common species of giant silkmoths, widely distributed throughout Eastern Africa from Kenya south to South Africa and west to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The females look the same as the males but have heavier bodies.
|Gonimbrasia zambesina male - Origin: Kenya|