Chestnut Emperor menippe A breeding stock of 5 pupae

Chestnut Emperor menippe A breeding stock of 5 pupae
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Description

Chestnut Emperor Melanocera menippe
 

This is an unusual coastal species of Giant Silkmoth from Kenya. The pupa is formed underground.

The caterpillar is unusually coloured black, covered with fleshy tubercles and markings in scarlet.

The local foodplants are Ochna atropurpurea and Ficus chordata. We have no record of any alternative foodplants, if anyone knows of one please let us know and we will post it on the website. Many African species take to alternatives such as Hawthorn or Oak, and it is well worth trying a mixture if you get a pairing resulting in larvae. It is also worth trying Fig and Evergreen Oak (tender leaves if available).