In places, light moths increased before lichens reappeared (Talk.Origins)
In the Wirral Peninsula, East Anglia and Michigan, the proportions of light moths increased before any lichens had reappeared on the trees. This is a serious problem for the theory that industrial melanism is due to cryptic coloration and selective predation.
- Wells, Jonathan, 1999. Second thoughts on peppered moths. This classical story of evolution by natural selection needs revising.
- Wells, Jonathan, 2000. Icons of Evolution, Washington DC: Regnery Publishing Inc., pp. 137-157.
It needs to be noted that the traditional peppered moth story is no way a threat to creation science. Not only do the peppered moths remain peppered moths but there is not even a change in the peppered moth gene pool—only a temporary shift in populations. The fact that Evolutionists even consider this evidence for evolution is a sign of desperation.
While Talk Origins adequately responded to the specifics of this claim, their responses still show that Wells was right about the traditional peppered moth story: more than camouflage is responsible for the observed changes in peppered moth population.