Ogmograptis, the scribbly gum moths, is a genus in the family Bucculatricidae and was first described by Edward Meyrick in 1935, as a monotypic genus (consisting of one species only).[2][3] They are found in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland. However in 2007, Cooke and Edwards[4] argued that the patterning of the scribbles was different for each of the three eucalypts, Eucalyptus pauciflora, E. racemosa ssp. rossii, and E. delegatensis) and that it was likely that these differing patterns were caused by different species of scribbly gum moths.

Scientific classification

Meyrick, 1935
Type species
O. scribula
Scribbles on Eucalyptus haemastoma probably from O. racemosa[1]


In 2012, Horak et.al.[1] published a new account of the genus, describing eleven new species of Ogmograptis, and distinguishing three groups, the scribula, maxdayi and triradiata groups.

The groupings of Ogmograptis given by Horak et.al.[1] are shown below:

scribula group

O. scribula Meyrick 1935

O. fraxinoides Horak 2012

O. racemosa Horak 2012

O. pilularis Horak 2012

maxdayi group

O. maxdayi Horak 2012

O. barloworum Horak 2012

O. paucidentatus Horak 2012

O. rodens Horak 2012

O. bignathifer Horak 2012

O. inornatus Horak 2012

triradiata group

O. bipunctatus Horak 2012

O. pulcher Horak 2012

O. triradiata Turner 1926 (Cateristis)

O. centrospila Turner 1923 (Opostega)

One species, Ogmograptis notosema Meyrick 1922 (Cryphioxena), was unable to be assigned to a group as no holotype could be located.

In allocating these three groups to the genus Ogmograptis, Horak et. al. (2012) note that it is the scribula group which produces the bark scribbles, and that the larval biology of the maxdayi and triradiata groups is not known.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Horak, M.; Day, M. F.; Barlow, C.; Edwards, E. D.; Su, Y. N.; Cameron, S. L. (2012). "Systematics and biology of the iconic Australian scribbly gum moths Ogmograptis Meyrick (Lepidoptera : Bucculatricidae) and their unique insect?plant interaction". Invertebrate Systematics. 26 (4): 357. doi:10.1071/IS12022. ISSN 1445-5226.
  2. ^ Beccaloni, G.W., Scoble, M.J., Robinson, G.S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). (2003) The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex).Ogmograptis
  3. ^ Meyrick, E. (1935) Exotic Microlepidoptera (p. 600), London.
  4. ^ Cooke, Julia; Edwards, Ted (2007). "The behaviour of scribbly gum moth larvae Ogmograptis sp. Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) in the Australian Capital Territory". Australian Journal of Entomology. 46 (4): 269–275. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2007.00606.x. ISSN 1326-6756.

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