Were monarchs on Noah’s Ark?
Scripture says that the ark held all flesh with the breath of life (Genesis 6:17; 7:15).
Butterflies don’t breathe. Oxygen enters through tiny air holes along their bodies called spiracles. So butterflies may not have been on the ark.
How did butterflies survive Noah’s Flood?
Maybe they were ark stowaways via eggs or larva or butterflies hidden in food stores. Maybe eggs or larva or butterfly were semi-dormant throughout the flood year. Butterflies are in such a state throughout the winter in Mexico.
Or maybe they survived as eggs, larva, or butterflies on floating vegetation mats outside the ark. Adult butterflies survive relatively severe winter conditions in the mountains of Mexico every year, so it’s not impossible that they survived the Flood this way.
Scripture does not explicitly say whether butterflies were on Noah’s Ark or not, so we do not know for sure how they survived the Flood.
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
5. Morphing Monarchs
6. Changing Chrysalis
7. Emerging Monarchs
8. Butterfly vs. Caterpillar
9. Migrating Monarchs
10. Navigating Monarchs
Read the sequel:
12. Monarch or Viceroy?
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Thursday February 4, 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)