Subject: name of insect
Location: Malawi, Zomba
April 9, 2013 4:15 pm
I have this beautiful larvae and would like to know the name of the insect. I got this one around my fish farm pond in Africa, Malawi.
Signature: type written
Dear type written,
This is a Giant Silkworm in the family Saturniidae. We believe it is in the genus Gonimbrasia, and there are several species found in Malawi. In our opinion, it looks close to the caterpillar of Gonimbrasia zambesina which can be viewed on the African Moths website. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of Mango and some other trees. We will check with Bill Oehlke to see if he is able to determine the species of this caterpillar.
Bill Oehlke confirms identification
I am pretty sure you are correct.