Bogong moth facts

Common name: Bogong moth
Aboriginal name: The name Bogong is apparently derived from the language of the Dhudhuroa Nation of North Eastern Victoria.
Scientific name: Agrotis infusa
Population: Declining
Conservation status: Endangered 

Photo: Jean-Paul Ferrero/AUSCAPE

Is the Bogong moth endangered?

How many Bogong moths are left? 

  • Normally Bogong moths migrate in the billions. But in the last two years there has been a crash in numbers.
  • In some caves, where Bogong moths once lined the walls in their thousands, there are now none, despite a carpet of moth bodies 1.5 metres thick on the floor built up from thousands of generations.

How far do Bogong moths fly?

  • Each spring, Bogong moths emerge from beneath the soil in Darling river plains of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Victoria and navigate their way to the Alpine region. This journey can be more than 1,000 kilometres. 
  • After spending the summer in the cooler mountain caves, they return to their birthplace to reproduce over winter: new larvae again growing under the soil from plant roots and other plant matter. 

Can you eat Bogong Moths? 

Mountain pygmy possum bogong moth
Photo: Jiri Lochman/Lochman Transparencies

The Bogong moth is missing in the wild

We can’t imagine an Australia without the Bogong moth.

But Bogong moths are missing in the wild. Because our leaders are missing in action.

That’s why we demand strong environment laws that will save our iconic wildlife.

We need laws that actually protect nature, including strong outcome-focused environmental standards and an independent regulator to oversee decision-making.

Speak up for the Bogong moth

Add your voice to the petition to the federal government, asking our elected representatives to support ambitious global goals for nature to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and achieve a Nature Positive world by 2030 — and invite your friends to raise their voice to nature too. 

Australia must work with other nations to deliver ambitious global goals for nature to halt and reverse biodiversity destruction and set us on a path to a nature-positive world. 

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Flight of the Bogong moth — and the possum who waits 


Header: Jean-Paul Ferrero/AUSCAPE