peppered moths

Peppered Moths, for the Light Grey Art Lab show Camouflage, which opened last night! 


Peppered moths are one of my favorite examples of camouflage in nature:
Almost all the peppered moths were light colored, flecked with black spots, well-camouflaged against the trees and lichens they landed on, until the Industrial Revolution in England. The trees became blackened by the pollutants and soot in the air during this time period, and the darker peppered moths flourished because they could now blend into the trees. Since then, the light colored peppered moths have become common once more, due to the improved air quality. They once again blend into their environment.


Prints and one framed print are available in the Light Grey shop.

Sneak peek at my piece for BeinArt Gallery on Jan. 14th! It is a very Audubon inspired piece and my first piece using predominately watercolor instead of ink. I can’t wait to show you all the pieces I have been working on for January!

A Heliconius erato demophoon butterfly feeds on a flower in this photo released on June 1st 2016. 
A gene responsible for the colours and colour patterns on the wings of butterflies and moths has been independently identified in two separate studies published in this weeks ‘Nature’. This gene, and a mutation associated with it, controlled the darkening of the peppered moth that took place during the Industrial Revolution, and the gene is also responsible for the natural colour pattern variation in certain butterfly species. Credit: AFP/Nature/Dept. of Animal and Plant Sciences/University of Sheffield/Nicola Nadeau

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Random Fact #341

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution does not state that the strongest survive. 

“Survival of the fittest” means “survival of whoever is best adapted to that environment”. 

That means anything from having slightly better camouflage to jumping higher or being the first one to hide at the sign of danger.

A good example of this is the peppered moths in England during the industrial revolution:

Trees that are naturally light became dark from soot, so the white peppered moth population (which had thus far been very successful) declined sharply in areas that had factories that burned coal, while the black peppered moths (which were relatively rare) became the more successful of the two.

This adaptability to different environments is is one of the possible ways a species can break off into two different species (if given enough millions of years to adapt, of course).

The moth’s shown above are two different kinds of Peppered Moths. Before the industrial evolution in England the black moth was rare, and the white moth (circled on the left) thrived with it’s better camouflage. After the industrial revolution covered much of the country side in soot, the black moths began to thrive, and the white moth’s became rare. 

This is a prime example of natural selection, as well as evolution. The moth’s that are better able to camouflage are the ones that thrive. 

anonymous asked:

omg i was in science class & we were talking about natural selection then my teacher brought up this thing called a peppered moth n they're black and white BUT WAIT because of some stuff they ended up becoming pitch black (they're starting to go back to normal) i'm sorry i'm rambling but it just reminded me of kaneki atm. i didn't really do more research on the moths and this isn't a good explanation but idk if it's been brought up or not i'm sorry have a nice day

You know if Ishida ever uses this animal as a comparison in a poem or in a text, then thank you very much because thanks to you I will instantly know why :’D! (I want to see a reference to this. Just one word in a poem would be enough. Ishida please). There are things that would fit (especially if the story goes in a certain direction). I won’t say a lot about this now because this would turn into just a speculation post then and we don’t have any evidence, but if Ishida ever mentions this animal somewhere then you will certainly see a short post about this from me. Beautiful comparison. It reminds me of Kaneki too. And thanks I learned something related to real life again ;D!  I hope you have a nice day too!

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