The Bogong moth is an Australian grey-brown moth that migrates from Queensland to the Australian Alps just outside of Canberra. the word is derived from the Aboriginal word for ‘mountain’. Hence it is the mountain moth and before European settlement it was a source of nutrition for Aborigines as well as for several alpine vertebrates living in the alpine area. What makes these insects interesting is that they are long-distance migrants. As the journal, Current Biology, says: “Each spring, billions of them leave the heat of their breed­ing grounds in southern Queensland and north­west NSW to fly more than 1000kms until they reach the Australian Alps, where they aggregate in isolated, cool mountain caves. Once there they switch their bod­ies into a dormant state not unlike hibernation. A few months later with the onset of Autumn, the moths return to their dis­tant birthplace, where they mate, lay eggs and die. the next generation will repeat the migratory endeavour.”

It has been likened to the iconic North American monarch butterfly, but with this significant difference: it is a night-active species and cannot use the sun for orientation like other migratory insects. So how do they find their way? the simple answer is that scientists do not know.

Current Biology once again: “Bogong moths pin-point a tiny mountain cave from over a thousand kilometres away, crossing terrain they have never crossed previously, and locating a place they have never been to before. Moreover, they do all this at night, filled by a few drops of nectar and using a brain the size of a grain of rice. Don’t even ask an engineer if they could build a robot equivalent! To achieve this remarkable behaviour, the moth brain has to integrate sensory information from multiple sources and compute its current heading relative to an internal compass. It then has to compare that heading to its desired migratory direction and translate any mismatch into compensatory steering commands, while maintaining stable flight in very dim light while buffeted by cold turbulent winds.”

As if that wasn’t amaz­ing enough the moth has to switch all of its calculations to the opposite direction when it makes the return journey, thereby reversing all of its learned behaviours.

Evolutionists cannot explain why it is advanta­geous for this moth to make “a lengthy, difficult and often lethal journey.” Surely the natural selec­tion process would have given this turn of events a miss, because it increases their risk of destruction. To complicate matters further for the evolution­ist, not all Bogong moths are migratory. this defies evolutionary expectations as well because here are two completely different behaviours in the same species.

How much more credible is it to believe that Almighty God created this insect with an astounding ability to utilise superior night-time navigational skills that today’s scientists are unable to fully explain? Aimless natural processes are woe­fully inadequate to deliver precision guided systems. God’s wisdom, by contrast, provides us with the most believable answer to all of this wonder.