One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European moth of woods and gardens, which is typically white with black speckling. In industrial areas sooty brown forms predominate as a result of industrial melanism.
Biston betularia, family Geometridae
- ‘A recent example of this can be seen in colour changes in the British peppered moth, which is nocturnal, resting during the day on surfaces such as tree trunks.’
- ‘Industrial melanism in peppered moths has been studied most intensively in Britain.’
- ‘Industrial melanism in peppered moths has been a worldwide textbook example of natural selection.’
- ‘The ‘classic’ textbook example of natural selection says that most peppered moths were light-coloured in the early 1800s.’
- ‘For most of the twentieth century the only well-known example of evolution in action was the case of peppered moths in industrial England.’
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