Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 6, 2010

3. Caterpillar or Butterfly—Which Was First? 

Two Monarch Life-cycle Stages Caterpillar & Chrysalis on milkweed

There are four stages in a butterfly’s life-cycle: egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly.

Which stage was first?

This is a question that evolutionists cannot answer!

It boggles the mind to think that the 4 stages could all develop together in coordinated harmony. Wouldn’t “evolutionary changes” in one stage often be deleterious for the next stage? What mechanism is there to oversee the fourfold development?

No evolutionist has ever outlined a series of minor changes, each advantageous, to get from a single cell to the butterfly, much less to get from nothing to the cell.

If “intelligent evolutionists” cannot conceive of how it was purportedly done, is it reasonable to think that it happened by random chance? Certainly NOT!!

Creationists can answer the question of which stage was first.

Genesis 1 records that Yahweh created organisms to reproduce after their kind. The butterfly is the only stage that reproduces. Therefore it was first.

Read the prequels in this series on Monarch Butterflies and their significance for the creation/evolution controversy:
1. Insect GPS
2. Monarch Butterflies
Read the sequel:
4. Monarch Caterpillars

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
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Wednesday January 6, 2010 A.D.

And Yahweh made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and Yahweh saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)



  1. Thank you for this great example of a logical fallacy. I will certain recommend others check this post out for the perfect use of “argumentum ad ignorantiam”.


  2. Rodibidably, your comment does not address the reasoning or counter the logic of the post. Nor do you attempt to give an evolutionary answer to the theme question of the post.


  3. ‘Butterfly’ and ‘caterpillar’ are not names of species/genus/etc.. They are names for life stages. Therefore, by definition, the first butterfly is always a butterfly, and the first caterpillar is always a caterpillar.

    To determine whether an organism is a member of a biological category, one compares its DNA (or, indirectly, results of its DNA, e.g. morphology) to the definition of the category.

    The egg, the larva, the pupa, and the adult forms of an ordinary member of the order of Lepidoptera have the same DNA. Therefore, if the first organism to satisfy the definition of Lepidoptera did not undergo a genetic mutation during its life that can somehow be passed on to its offsprings, the first Lepidoptera began as an egg.

    If a genetic mutation (that can be passed on) occured in the larva stage to transform the organism from something that does not satisfy the definition for the order to something that does, then the first Lepidoptera began as a larva. If the mutation occured in the pupa stage, then the first was a pupa. If adult, then adult.

    However, the likelihood of an acquired mutation that can be passed on is so astronomical that it is meaningless.

    Therefore, out of the four stages of egg, larva, pupa, and adult, the first form to be taken by the first Lepidoptera is that of an egg.


    • The egg stage does not reproduce itself. Only the butterfly mates and reproduces. God created reproducing life forms according to Genesis 1. Therefore the butterfly stage was the first, not the egg, caterpillar, or pupa.


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