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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.

Bogong Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Noctuidae
  • Genus: Agrotis
  • Scientific Name: Agrotis infusa

Description and Identification


The caterpillars start pale but become green with pale and dark stripes and spots, reaching up to lengths of 50 mm.

Bogong Moth Caterpillar



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.

Bogong Moth Pupa


Adult Moth

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

Agrotis infusa



Eggs are dome-shaped with a vertical ridge. It’s 0.7 mm in diameter and 0.4 mm in height.

Quick Facts

Distributionsouthern Australia
HabitatCrop pastures and self-mulching soils
Lifespan of AdultsAround three seasons
Host PlantsCape weeds; also cabbages, cauliflowers, medick, peas, potatoes, silver beet, and wheat
Adult DietDoes 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.
Bogong Moth Image


Bogong Moth Picture


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