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Its extraordinary transformation is always held up as the perfect demonstration of Darwin's theory of evolution.
The pale, speckled peppered moth turned black in many parts of Britain following the Industrial Revolution over the space of a few decades, enabling it to blend in against soot-covered trees and avoid predators.
It became known as Darwin's moth, a symbol both of our changing landscape and of our understanding of its effect on the natural world.
But now that much of Britain's old heavy industry is just a distant memory, it seems the pendulum has swung the other way for the moths as well.
Scientists suspect the black variety is disappearing again - meaning that in a further vindication for the famous 19th century naturalist 200 years after his birth, the original pale-coloured moths are taking over once more.
Now they want people across the country to report sightings of either type in a bid to see if they are correct.
'We have seen these moths making a big swing back to their original colour,' said Richard Fox, of Dorset-based Butterfly Conservation, who is project manager of Garden Moths Count 2009.
Originally posted by octotom
It doesn't seem that a moth changing colors is evolution, espeically when it's the same type of moth.
octotom is that sort of creationist who believes evolution occurs when something like a pineapple "evolves" into a hippopotamus within a time frame she can personally observe in a single sitting
This is the most popular evolutionary belief held today and it does essentially teach that, life came from non-life and eventually "a pineapple became a hippopotamus".
Originally posted by dooper
That moth demonstration is utter crap, and one of the most lame exhibits ever presented, appealing only to the lame of mind.
The moths didn't change color.
The only changing of color was of the backgrounds.