Subject: Moths.
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 12:51:40 +1100 (EST)
On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, michael hunter wrote:
>               The Bogong  moths from Mt Bogong , upon which the local =
> Aboriginals were said to feast and which reach plague proportions =
> annually around Albury  where I lived for ten years,
> are at least twice as big as the Hawk moths with their distinctive wing =
> pattern that were at the stadium last week.

According to Moths of Australia, the Bogong moths of Mt Bogong are Agrotis
infusa and have a body length around 25mm and a wing span of 50-60mm.
Most of the hawk moths illustrated have body length of 30-40mm and
wingspans of 70-80mm.

The closest I've seen to expert ID  is a  Sydney newspaper article
which quoted people from the CSIRO and the Australian Musuem regarding
Bogongs and their migration - but the quotes didn't explicitly state
that some/most of the moths were Bogongs.  Moths of Australia mentions
extensive migrations of other species from the same family (Noctuidae)
in spring.


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