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Scribbly Gum
Scribbly Gum
Many smooth-barked eucalypts are well known for the scribbles in the surface of the bark. The patterns are actually made by the larvae of a species of moth called Ogmograptis scribula. The female moth lays her eggs onto the bark and the larvae mine into the surface, producing a zigzag gallery, then emerge to form cocoons in leaf litter near the tree.