Bogong Moth
Australia Crest

Agrotis infusa is its scientific name and Bogong is aboriginal for moth.

The caterpillar of the Bogong burrows in the soil where it hides by day and climbs plants to feed at night. It feeds on a variety of plants such as alfalfa, garden peas, cereals, linseed, silver beet, cauliflower and cabbage.

Eventually the caterpillar turns into a pupa and the body rebuilds itself into a Bogong. They breed to the west of the Great Dividing Range but the summer heat drives them to the higher country, especially the Snowy Mountains. Sometimes they are driven off course by the wind and end up in plague proportions in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Victoria's highest mountain is Mount Bogong.

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