Bogong Moth (Agrotis infusa)
The Bogong moth is a noctuid moth found in Australia. Its name came from the Dhudhuroa word bugung that describes the brown color of the moth.
Description and Identification
The caterpillars start pale but become green with pale and dark stripes and spots, reaching up to lengths of 50 mm.
Pupae are a shiny brown and are 20 mm long. After maturing, the larva pupates in soil chambers of 20–150 mm depth. This period can last for 3 – 11 weeks.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are open, a dark stripe is observed. This stripe is interrupted by two light-colored spots. When the wings are closed, an overall brown color is observed.
Average wingspan: 40–50 mm (1.6-2.0 in)
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: Spring to Summer
Eggs are dome-shaped with a vertical ridge. It’s 0.7 mm in diameter and 0.4 mm in height.
|Habitat||Crop pastures and self-mulching soils|
|Lifespan of Adults||Around three seasons|
|Host Plants||Cape weeds; also cabbages, cauliflowers, medick, peas, potatoes, silver beet, and wheat|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- The Bogong moth was used as a source of foodby the Aborigines and is said to have a “nutty” taste.