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Life Cycle of Peppered Moth

The life cycle of a peppered moth: natural selection.
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Jacob Steinfeld

on 3 February 2011

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Transcript of Life Cycle of Peppered Moth

The peppered moth hatches from its egg during mid summer. The larvae , or baby caterpillars, eat birch, willow, and oak leaves. Using camoflouge to blend into its surroundings, the larvae escape predators with their branch like appearance with color changing abilities. During winter, the caterpillar larvae turn into pupae, more commonly known as cocoons. These keep them warm and, until May or April, host the transformation of a caterpillar to an adult moth. By the end of summer, that moth will have laid eggs and died, never living older than a year. And the cycle starts over.... As an adult moth, it will camoflouge using its light color, much like that of lichen, a type of fungi on trees. However, todays peppered moths, or biston bitularia, have changed. The typical white moths are called morpha . Most are now darker, such as morpha , a pure plack morph of the moth, or morpha , a light moth with black spots. betularia typica betularia betularia insularia
The Life Cycle of a Peppered Moth Summer-Fall Winter Spring carbonaria Summer To learn why these gentle creatures have gotten darker, view Pollution and Peppered Moths.
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