Recessive Melanism in the Moth Lasiocampa quercus L. in Industrial and Non-Industrial Areas

  • H. B. D. Kettlewell
  • C. J. Cadbury
  • D. R. Lees


The Oak Eggar Moth, Lasiocampa quercus, Lasiocampidae, was selected for a special study in the field of ecological genetics because melanism in this species exhibits several unusual features. First, melanic polymorphisms were maintained among imagines in several populations which appeared to be isolated from one another. They exist both in regions influenced by industrial pollution and in others which are essentially unpolluted.


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  • H. B. D. Kettlewell
  • C. J. Cadbury
  • D. R. Lees

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