Acosmeryx sericeus (Walker, 1856) - Silky Forest Hawkmoth

Taxonomic Information

List of Acosmeryx Boisduval, [1875] known from India.
Acosmeryx anceus (Stoll, 1781), Assam (Arandhara et al.,2017) Jharkhand (Singh et al.,2018), Karnataka (Ghoparde et al., 2013), Kerala (Sondhi et al., 2017).
Acosmeryx akanshi Melichar,Řezáč,Manjunatha & Horecký, 2014, Kerala (Sondhi et al., 2017), Tamil Nadu (Iyer and Kitching, 2019).
Acosmeryx castanea Rothschild & Jordan,1903, Sikkim Himalaya region (Khan and Raina, 2017).
Acosmeryx naga (Moore, 1858), Punjab (Singh and Kaur, 2017), Sikkim Himalaya (Khan and Raina, 2017).
Acosmeryx omissa Rothschild & Jordan,1903, Himalayan region (Sanyal et al., 2018); West Bengal (Shah, 2016).
Acosmeryx pseudonaga Butler,1881, Sikkim (Kitching, 2020).
Acosmeryx sericeus (Walker, 1856), Meghalaya; (Bortolin et al., 1998), Sikkim (Kitching, 2020), Himalayan region (Sanyal et al.,2018).
Acosmeryx shervillii Boisduval, 1875, Assam (Arandhara et al., 2017, Karnataka (Melichar, 2012), Maharashtra, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu.
Acosmeryx socrates Boisduval, 1875, Himalayan region (Sanyal et al., 2018), Karnataka (Ghoparde et al., 2013).

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Most other species lack the dentate forewing termen. Very similiar to A. omissa the ground colour in that species is not so deep grey and variegated. The discal λ pattern on the forewing has the inner arm less distinct in A. omissa.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh3132
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
Meghalaya41
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total36313
  1. Kitching, I. Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory. Website accessed July 2015
  2. 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.). Website accessed July 2015.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Acosmeryx sericeus (Walker, 1856) – Silky Forest 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://www.mothsofindia.org/acosmeryx-sericeus, accessed 2024/06/23.