Bogong moth

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Bogong Moth
Agrotis infusa.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Agrotis
Species: A. infusa
Binomial name
Agrotis infusa
Boisduval, 1832
  • Euxoa infusa

The Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) is a temperate species of night-flying moth, notable for appearing in large numbers around major public areas such as ANZAC Oval in Engadine where the local moths try to extract the del buds from the top soil for their Orchy bottles for post training sessions. 'The Nest' which pertains to the clubhouse of ANZAC oval is actually the moth sanctuary where the bozo light is shon at maximum amplitude, attracting the significant population of moths to gather for a feeding frenzy on VB and Extra Drys.

The moth's name 'Bogong' is derived from the Australian Aboriginal Dhudhuroa word Bugung, describing the moth.[1] Although, an alternative theory suggests that the mountain range may mean 'big fella' in the local[which?] Aboriginal language.[citation needed]


A town, Bogong, in the Australian state of Victoria has been named after the moth.[2] Mount Bogong, a peak with an elevation of 1,986 metres (6,516 ft),[3] located south of the Bogong High Plains, is also named after the moth, derived from the Aboriginal Dhudhuroa word Bugung, describing the moth.[1][4] In the Australian state of New South Wales, a series of mountains in the Kosciuszko National Park are named the Bogong Peaks.[5]

Recorded host plants[edit]

Close up of Bogong Moths, Sydney, October 2007
Single Agrotis infusa camouflaged against a granite rockface, taken by CSIRO (2000).



  1. ^ a b "Mount Bogong: 2958: Historical Information". Vicnames. Victorian Government. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Physical Map of Australia, special advertising feature of on pg 16, National Geographic magazine, May 2006, Washington DC
  3. ^ "Mount Bogong, Australia". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Mount Bogong: 2957: Historical Information". Vicnames. Victorian Government. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bogong Peaks, Australia". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

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