Well known here in the south east of Australia for their mass migration in springtime. Some years, they have descended upon cities such as Sydney and Canberra in their thousands.
The common name comes from the Bogong High Plains region in the Victorian Alps, which is one of the sites where the adult moths congregate in huge numbers over the summer months.
Our native Aboriginal communities have a good understanding of the habits of the Bogong. They roast the highly nutritious moths and mash the bodies to make 'moth meat', which has a nutty taste. The mountain caves where the adult moths aestivate have been known to Aboriginal people for thousands of years and the moths have provided an important source of protein for their communities.
35 mm body length
The bogong moth is a temperate species of night-flying moth, notable for its biannual long-distance seasonal migrations towards and from the Australian Alps, similar to the diurnal monarch butterfly. During the autumn and winter it is found in southern Queensland, western New South Wales, western Victoria, and also in South and Western Australia. Adult bogong moths breed and larvae hatch during this period, consuming winter pasture plants during their growth. During the spring, the moths migrate.. more