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March 5, 2005 

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Q: Is it true that monarch butterflies and the milkweed plant depend upon each other?

A: It is true, and it’s really an amazing story.

Milkweed is poisonous. When damaged or bitten into, it sends extra poisonous sap to the area as a way of protecting itself.

Noncreationist Quote of the Week

“Although at the beginning the paradigm was worth consideration, now the entire effort in the primeval soup paradigm is self-deception on the ideology of its champions. …

“The history of science shows that a paradigm, once it has achieved the status of acceptance (and is incorporated in textbooks) and regardless of its failures, is declared invalid only when a new paradigm is available to replace it. Nevertheless, in order to make progress in science, it is necessary to clear the decks, so to speak, of failed paradigms. This must be done even if this leaves the decks entirely clear and no paradigms survive. It is a characteristic of the true believer in religion, philosophy and ideology that he must have a set of beliefs, come what may (Hoffer, 1951). Belief in a primeval soup on the grounds that no other paradigm is available is an example of the logical fallacy of the false alternative. In science it is a virtue to acknowledge ignorance. This has been universally the case in the history of science as Kuhn (1970) has discussed in detail. There is no reason that this should be different in the research on the origin of life.”

– Hubert P. Yockey, Information Theory and Molecular Biology, Cambridge University Press, UK, p. 336, 1992.

Monarch caterpillars, though, feed on milkweed. However when they hatch, they’re not entirely immune to the milkweed’s poison and they could die from eating their food, especially as the milkweed would send extra poison to the section being eaten. To overcome this problem, the caterpillar cuts out a circular section of the leaf that has low concentrations of the poison, and take it aside to feed on while the plant is busy sending lots of poison to the wound. As the caterpillar feeds on the leaf section it had cut out, it builds its immunity to the poison. This enables it to eat the milkweed without any problems. In doing this, it also becomes poisonous itself to predators! So, the poison of the milkweed protects the monarch, and the monarch in return pollinates the milkweed!

This relationship defies evolution—how many monarch caterpillars died trying to figure out how to become resistant to the milkweed’s poison? Of course, God created it this way!

Recommended resources:

Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Volume 3
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Volume 3
What is the Best Evidence that God Created?
What is the Best Evidence that God Created?
Bomby: The Bombardier Beetle
Bomby: The Bombardier Beetle
God’s Amazing Creatures and Me!
God’s Amazing Creatures and Me!

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