Readership: Professional and amateur entomologists and lepidopterists. Students, teachers, and researchers in the fields of ecology, evolution, entomology, and genetics.
Michael E. N. Majerus, Lecturer in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge; and Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge
"'...Michael Majerus dissects the story in his book on melanism and shows that it is more complex and fascinating than most biologists will have realised...The book is,...very readable-something which cannot be said of many books containing so much interesting scientific material.'" - Jack Windig, Heredity, 81, 468-472.
"'...Occupying a quarter of the book, the Biston analysis is necessary reading for all evolutionists, as are the introductory chapters on the nature of melanis, its distribution among animals, and its proposed causes.'" - Jerry A.Coyne, Nature, Vol. 396, November 1998.
"'...The book is written for biologists, both professionals and amateurs with a special interest in entomology, and the presentation is very clear and straightforward...The book is attractively presented with plenty of useful illustrations...An up-to-date review of melanic polymorphism is provided, set in a context which is sufficiently jargon-free to appeal to the amateur entomologists...This should be the major work in the field for many years to come,'" - laurence Cook, Manchester Museum, Univ of Manchester
"'...This work will be of considerable interest not only to geneticists and evolutionary biologists, but also to entomologists, ecologists and natural historians who wish to extend their understanding of Darwin's evolutionary theory, more particularly of natural selection.' MRDS, 1999"
1: What is melanism?
2: The diversity of melanics
3: The principles of genetics
4: Evolutionary processes
5: The peppered moth story
6: The peppered moth story dissected
7: Melanism in the Lepidoptera
8: Melanism in conspicuous Lepidoptera
9: Melanism in ladybirds
10: The future of research into melanism