Saturday, 28 May 2011
Pass the pepper, we're 400-up
It's nice to celebrate this 400th post on MM with an old and attractive friend: the illustrious Peppered Moth which has played a major part in Darwinian theory. Google it, and you enter a world of competing ideologues, one lot as determined to use the moth to discredit the principle of natural selection as the others are certain that it provides proof of it.
The surgeon Sir Cyril Clarke did an appealing piece of research which correlated the decline of the melanistic Peppered in the UK with the increase in the number of centenarians (helped by an obliging Buckingham Palace and its records of Royal telegrams on 100th birthdays). Butterfly Conservation for this piclet of one, left.