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Scribbles in Time

Scribbly gum

Australian scribbly gum moths might already have been associated with Eucalyptus when Australia broke free from Gondwana. Credit: You Ning Su, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

By Marianne Horak

Scribbles on eucalypts are the marks of a unique interaction with caterpillars that may date back to the Gondwana supercontinent.

Marianne Horak is an Honorary Fellow studying moths at the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. This article is adapted from a paper published in Invertebrate Systematics co-authored with Max Day, Celia Barlow, Ted Edwards, You Ning Su and Stephen Cameron.

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