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Like Moths Around a Flame

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students examine data about moths and draw conclusions of how the environment impacts their populations.


  • Students will determine how humans can influence natural selection by manipulating the environment.
  • Students will relate two sets of data, and analyze the patterns in long-term data.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the effect of the environment on natural selection.


  • camouflage
  • dependent variable
  • environmental impact
  • independent variable
  • natural selection
  • nocturnal

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students examine some data about moths.
As a result, students will:

  • Understand that the environment has an effect on natural selection.
  • Graph data and compare two sets of data.
  • Find patterns in long-term data and draw conclusions.