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  Sighting 1140365

Titan sphinx
Aellopos titan

Observation date: September 09, 2017
Submitted by: PrairiePainter
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Was nectaring on Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) blossoms on our acreage in SE O'Brien County, IA this morning. (9-9-2017) We have about 3 acres of native prairie pasture. Did not see it feeding on any other plant during this observation. Weather partly sunny, wind out of the SE at around 15 mph; temp in the low 70's (F). Have never seen this sphinx moth here before.
Status: Stray
Verified by: jamesdurbin
Verified date: October 23, 2017
Coordinator notes: Only the fifth sighting for Iowa. Go to http://www.insectsofiowa.org/taxon/aellopos_titan
Checklist region(s): Iowa, United States