Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday - Bogong Moth

The Bogong Moth is supposedly a delicacy, but I couldn't bring myself to eat them - they're much too "fluffy".

CSIRO have information about Bogong Moths but here's a little to whet your appetite.

Each year as the weather warms in south east Australia, bogong moths (Agrotis infusa) prepare to migrate.
Through spring they fly to the high country of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales and the Victorian Alps. 
They have been doing this for thousands of years to escape the harsh summer environment in their winter breeding areas of the Darling Downs in Queensland, western slopes and plains in New South Wales and drier inland regions of Victoria. In autumn they make the return journey.
Bogongs fly at night and, attracted to lights, can cause problems for floodlit buildings by blocking air-conditioning ducts and setting off alarms.
During the day they hide in dark crevices.

I've only had this backyard 4 years and I haven't experienced a Bogong plague here. In one of my old residences, my back screen door was coated every night with Bogongs. It was a sight to see! My dogs loved them - nothing like a little added protein snapped from before your nose :)

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