Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 14, 2010

5. Morphing Monarchs 

Monarch chrysalises and emerging butterfly. Nature Center in Maumee Bay State Park, OH

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

When the monarch caterpillar is grown, it attaches itself underneath a structure like a log or limb and in 60 seconds forms a protective covering (chrysalis) around itself.

Inside the chrysalis, enzymes chemically liquefy the caterpillar. The goop reassembles in four days into a beautiful butterfly. The monarch emerges from the chrysalis eight days after entry.

The intricate metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is currently beyond human understanding. The capabilities to form a chrysalis, dissolve caterpillar tissues, and construct the butterfly all have to be present at once for the monarch to exist.

Monarchs could not have evolved through a sequence of incremental random changes. What selective advantage would chemical disassembly give the caterpillar? If the reassembly program were not present, the creature would be finished and couldn’t reproduce. Metamorphosis is strong evidence of a designer.

Read the prequels in this series on Monarch Butterflies and their significance for the creation/evolution controversy:
1. Insect GPS
2. Monarch Butterflies
3. Caterpillar or Butterfly—Which Was First?
4. Monarch Caterpillars
Read the sequel:
6. Changing Chrysalis

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Thursday January 14, 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)


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