genus: RANZANIA Berteloni 1855
species: splendens Berteloni 1855
wild imago size: 35-40 mm
species: bertoloni Lucas 1879
wild imago size: 33-35 mm
sexual dimorphism: males with shovel shape horn on clypeus
note: Breeding habits similiar to genus Genyodonta and may vary depending on number of captive bred generations. Twice I tried to keep ssp.petersiana from Malawi, however all my larvae deceased in early 3rd instar. On the other side - I`ve successfuly bred ssp.splendens from Zimbabwe for 4 generations. Anyway the breeding is not so easy - it is necessary to treat cocoons very gently, keep them calm till imago finally hatch. Adults don`t live too long, usually one month, but start mating and laying eggs immediatelly after hatching.