A message from nature is written in this tree and the image has not been lost of keen photographer Matt Hiser who snapped this sight – the trunk of a Scribbly Gum – along Tourist Road in the Southern Highlands.
Scribbly Gum is a name given to a variety of Australian Eucalyptus trees which play host to the larvae of Scribbly Gum moths. Eggs are laid between layers of old and new bark. As the old bark falls away, the trails are revealed.
The moths leave distinctive scribbly burrowing patterns on the bark leaving a simple message of nature in harmony. Scribbly Gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region.
These fascinating trees have also featured in literature. The author of the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books, May Gibbs, made them a feature of the gumnut babies’ world.
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