It belongs to the Emperor Moth family and as you can see here, is bigger than my hand.
Aren't the colors amazing? What a cute one!!
He kept on climbing up on my hand for some reason but this allowed me to get some stunning shots of them. Enlarge them to see better.
It had the most amazing antennaes with the longest tail I have ever seen in a moth or butterfly species.
At average temperatures of about 25°C eggs hatch after 10.9 days, and the first to fifth larval instars are completed in means of 5.6, 4.2, 3.4, 5.8 and 14.1 days respectively.
The pupal stage lasts 6–12 weeks in summer and 5–8 months in winter. The African lunar moth completes two generations per year.