Rhagastis velata (Walker, 1866) - Veiled Mottled Hawkmoth

Taxonomic Information

List of Rhagastis Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 known from India.
Rhagastis acuta (Walker, 1856), Karnataka (Melichar, 2012); Uttarakhand (Sondhi and Sondhi,2016).
Rhagastis albomarginatus (Rothschild, 1894), North Eastern India, Nepal (Pittaway and Kitching, 2020).
Rhagastis castor (Walker, 1856), Asssam (Arandhara et al., 2017); Kerala (Sondhi et al., 2017).
Rhagastis confusa Rothschild & Jordan, 1903, Himalayan region (Sanyal et al., 2018, Meghalaya, Nepal (Shreshta, 2009).
Rhagastis gloriosa (Butler, 1875), Nepal, West Bengal (Pittaway and Kitching, 2020).
Rhagastis lunata (Rothschild, 1900), Assam, Himalaya (Sanyal et al., 2018).
Rhagastis olivacea (Moore, 1872), Himachal Pradesh, Nepal.
Rhagastis velata (Walker, 1866), Assam, Meghalaya, Nepal, Sikkim (Bortolin et al., 1998).

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Rhagastis velata forewing upperside with the four postmedian lines forming a conspicuous dark patch on the inner margin that is often continued towards the costa where it joins another (not always well-marked) patch near the discal spot; two or three of the postmedian lines usually strongly dentate. Forewing underside with brown border widened anterior to vein M3, sometimes almost as far as the basal area. Hindwing underside without a small black discal spot. Forewing apex not falcate. As notes from https://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/r_vel.htm

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand2
West Bengal
Total112
  1. Pittaway, A.R. & I.J. Kitching. Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic (including Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula and Japan.). http://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/r_vel.htm [accessed 30 August 2016]
  2. Sphingidae museum. http://en.sphingidae-museum.com/database/index.php?gen=Rhagastis&spec=velata&subsp= [accessed 30 August 2016]

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Rhagastis velata (Walker, 1866) – Veiled Mottled Hawkmoth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/rhagastis-velata, accessed 2024/05/25.