The bogong ( Agrotis infused ) is a species of Moth celebrates to fly in large bands the night, in spring (between September and November), around the lights of the town of Canberra, the capital of the Australia but one finds it in all the south of Australia including to Sydney. A great number returns in the houses to rest during the day.
It has a scale of 4.5 cm and is of brown or black color. The adults move in large bands to go to spend the summer months in the cavities and the slits of the rocks of the the Australian Alps, especially in the area of the plate of " Bogong" in the state of Victoria. In winter, the adults scatter in the meadows of the interior of the News-Wales-of-South and the Queensland to lay their eggs there. This butterfly reproduces only once per annum.
The caterpillars are nourished of a large variety of plants (Betterave S, Chou X, potatoes, Pois, Céréales) of which they cut pieces of sheets during the night to hide them and to eat them in the course of the day.
During very a long time the aboriginals of the south-east of Australia these caterpillars consumed which they made roast and ate then whole. This practice is today abandoned.
Bogong moth - CSIRO Division of Entomology
- Bogongs Migrating South - abc.net.au/science/scribblygum
- drawing of the butterfly.
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