Perhaps the recent tornados and strong windstorms, etc., or extreme heat further south, have encouraged a migration or allowed for great displacement.
Mike Bailey writes, "I wonder if you may be able to help me identify this hawkmoth? I photographed it last week about 200 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico whilst working onboard my research vessel. Any ideas? I've had a quick look at your excellent website but my satellite connection is rather slow and I've not been able to look at all of the images. Your assistance would be very much appreciated."
I (Bill Oehlke) reply, "That one is Aellopos titan, the Titan Sphinx. Thanks for thinking of me. Nice picture. Is it okay if I post image, credited to you, to website via link from titan page? This species is a strong migrant."
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