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Subject: what is our caterpillar?
Location: Lagos Nigeria
October 7, 2016 1:01 am
Dear Bugman,
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
Signature: Chi

Emperor Caterpillars

Emperor Caterpillars

Dear Chi,
These are definitely Emperor Caterpillars from the genus
Bunaea.  Please send additional images to document the metamorphosis if you can.

Thanks Daniel,
I will do.
They are going in the butterfly house tomorrow.
How exciting!

Update:  October 14, 2016
Dear Daniel
Update on Emperor caterpillars week 2
Metamorphosis of Emperor caterpillars
Pupae stage?
When should I transfer to butterfly house?

Emperor Moth Pupae

Emperor Moth Pupae

Dear Chi,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

2 Responses to Emperor Caterpillars from Nigeria

  1. Natasha says:

    Good day! I just found a Emperor Catepillar and would love to keep it and show the cycle to my son but I am not to sure whats the best way to keep it save and feed it???
    Plse Help!!!

  2. Natasha says:

    I am from South Africa in Kwazulu Natal.

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