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Bogong moth

The Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) is a temperate species of night-flying moth, notable for appearing in large numbers around major public buildings in Canberra, the capital city of Australia, during spring (late September to November) as it migrates to the Bogong High Plains.

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]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Australia.com on pg 16, National Geographic magazine, May 2006, Washington DC
  3. ^ "Mount Bogong, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Mount Bogong: 2957: Historical Information". Vicnames. Victorian Government. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bogong Peaks, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

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