Contributed by "Mesum Class 10"
Butterflies are among the most beautiful and marvelous creatures in all of nature. Tropical Central and South America is the richest region in the world for butterflies, but they are found in many other places as well. Costa Rica has over 1300 species.
A butterfly's life begins with a very tiny egg laid on a leaf. From this develops a larva, the butterfly's caterpillar stage. Eventually, the larva makes a cocoon or chrysalis. Safe inside, it develops into a pupa. Eventually, a beautiful butterfly is released from this container, flying heavenward, fully-developed. What an astounding transformation, from a humble, earth bound worm-like creature to a delicate flying wonder!

The adult usually eventually returns to the very plant or tree trunk where it grew up. There it lays its own eggs and begins the process anew (a 2 to 3 month cycle).

Did you know that...

The color in a butterfly's wings does not come from pigment. The color is produced prism-like by light reflected by their transparent wing scales.

Stranger yet, no moth or butterfly eats solid food (though some butterflies drink nectar); some can not even take in moisture.

The life span of most butterflies is very short, usually just enough to lay their eggs.

Many butterflies migrate from one region to another, either individually or in swarms. The greatest migration in North America occurs when companies of Monarch butterflies travel from Canada southward to Central America. When they finally roost at their destination, so many crowd the forest that entire trees appear to be covered with bright orange moving leaves! (photo - off-site)

It is a great mystery how the descendants of these Monarchs later find their way back north to their summering place. Stranger yet, their great-great-grandchildren later find their way back south to the tree of their great-great-grandparents. Their Creator designed them with truly amazing abilities!

The world's fastest butterfly is the Monarch with a record of 17 miles per hour. 1

The brain capabilities of these small insects is mind-boggling. In a space often no bigger than a speck, their Creator designed a sophisticated brain that enables them to see, smell, taste, fly and navigate with such great precision that they can travel enormous distances and find the very tree where their great-great-great-grandmother laid an egg.

Their highly-miniaturized brains put our computers and aircraft avionics to shame. Who could make a self-propelled, self-guided airplane as small as a butterfly that could do the same things, totally independently? Traveling so many miles, landing many times, making so many accurate, in-flight navigation corrections, and doing it all with so little fuel - and then reproduce itself at the end? No one but God could make such a marvelous creature as a butterfly.

God created butterflies and moths in many different shapes and color patterns.

This moth has spots that make it appear to have large eyes that are looking at you! Perhaps this scares away predators. Moths are much more common than butterflies.


Contributed by "Taseer Class 10"

Ants - Did you know...

In Peru, one researcher reported seeing 43 species of ants on a SINGLE TREE.1

Some researchers believe that 30% of the animal biomass of the Amazon Basin is made up of ants.

A single ant colony can include over 5-million busy members - soliders and workers (undeveloped females; never have wings; cannot mate), males (can mate with the queen), and the queen.

Her majesty is one busy bug, laying up to 100-million eggs a day! She only needs to mate once in her lifetime to be able to produce at least 15 years of eggs.2
Although she is called a "queen," she is more of an egg factory than a leader. Somehow, the Creator has designed ants to be highly efficient and organized as a group without a leader.

Honey ant

"Argentine ants" keep herds of "cows" (plant lice). "Leaf-cutter ants" run 'farms,' raising their own food crops. The Mediterranean ant (aphaenogaster barbarus) makes "biscuits" from seeds. "Honey ants" store their food in living "storage tanks." "Amazon ants" have slaves to help with the work.3

Ants have a communication "language," and each colony member has a task, working together to keep the colony fed, safe and healthy.

Even the Bible mentions the wonderful diligence of ants: "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest" (Proverbs 6:6-8).

Ants carry on complex social organizations, building projects, and communications. Many groups of animals depend on leaders. Even herds of wild horses or packs of wolves require leaders. But ants are different. Thousands of years before there were entomologists to study ants, God revealed in the Bible that ants have no leaders. The individuals see the task before them that needs to be done, and they do it, without being told.

What an amazing Creator we have! Somehow he managed to pack all these complexities into an extremely tiny body and an even tinier speck of a brain. Compare this task to trying to develop a self-powered, fully-independent robot as small as the tiniest ant - and with ALL the ants fantastic abilities. What an impossibly difficult job!