Subject: what is our caterpillar?
Location: Lagos Nigeria
October 7, 2016 1:01 am
Greetings from Lagos nigeria!
This morning we found many of these wonderful creatures that fell from our tree.
I am going to pop them in my butterfly house so the children can see the life cycle.
We would love to know what we have.
African Emperor or Bunaea Alcinoe aka African Moth
Are they safe?
The spines look sharp
These are definitely Emperor Caterpillars from the genus Bunaea. Please send additional images to document the metamorphosis if you can.
I will do.
They are going in the butterfly house tomorrow.
Update: October 14, 2016
Update on Emperor caterpillars week 2
Metamorphosis of Emperor caterpillars
When should I transfer to butterfly house?
We are not certain what your butterfly house is. These pupae should be kept in moist, not damp soil until they emerge. That may take a few weeks. They should be kept so that they can crawl up after metamorphosis so that their wings can expand.