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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

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Scientific Classification


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

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

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

Bogong Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

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

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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

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Egg

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

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Bogong Moth Picture

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