Tracking God News - God Cares for His Creatures - Morpho Butterflies

Written by Ron McCluskey


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FEATURE ARTICLE, God Cares for His Creatures ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Some ofrepparttar 127019 most brilliant butterflies in tropical America arerepparttar 127020 butterflies ofrepparttar 127021 genus Morpho. Many species are brilliant metallic blue. A few ofrepparttar 127022 females are metallic red. These butterflies have a mirror like quality torepparttar 127023 upper surface of their wings. They can be seen from several miles away if they are flying overrepparttar 127024 tops ofrepparttar 127025 trees inrepparttar 127026 jungle. The sun reflects off of their brilliant wings.

So, how does God protect these beautiful creatures? Apparently they are good to eat, although I have never tried one. The birds like to eat them. But, if they are so easy to see, how do they survive? God has designed thatrepparttar 127027 brilliant reflective surface ofrepparttar 127028 wings actually protect it!

If a bird seesrepparttar 127029 Morpho and starts to chase it,repparttar 127030 butterfly will fly down intorepparttar 127031 dense shadows underrepparttar 127032 jungle canopy. Here, where it is dark,repparttar 127033 upper surface ofrepparttar 127034 wings looks almost black andrepparttar 127035 bird will have trouble seeingrepparttar 127036 butterfly. Ifrepparttar 127037 bird is still able to trackrepparttar 127038 butterfly and gets close to it,repparttar 127039 butterfly will find a shaft of sunlight coming down throughrepparttar 127040 trees. It will then fly through it, causing a FLASH of light to shine inrepparttar 127041 eyes ofrepparttar 127042 bird. The butterfly can then get away.

Oncerepparttar 127043 butterfly gets away, it will land on a tree. God designedrepparttar 127044 bottom ofrepparttar 127045 wings to have great camophlage. Because of this,repparttar 127046 butterfly can land and safely hide.

God has an Enemy - Cremastocheilus Beetle

Written by Ron McCluskey

God has an enemy - Cremastocheilus Beetle ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Inrepparttar Americas a little brown or black beetle lives that most of us would not even notice. In fact, most of you would probably just step on it if you came across it. But, this little beetle has a fascinating story.

This beetle happens to be a parasite. We usually think of a parasite as something that lives in or on us and makes us sick or itch. But this beetle is a parasite on ants!

Its name is Cremastocheilus (Kree-mast-oh-kyle'-us), sometimes calledrepparttar 127016 anteater scarab and is nothing special to look at. But, it has an incredible ability. It is able to changerepparttar 127017 way it smells.

If you are familiar with ants, then you know that they are able to recognize others in their colonies with their marvelous sense of smell. They cannot do it by sight, because they cannot see very well. In fact, some ants are totally blind. So, when two ants meet, they will strokerepparttar 127018 other ant with their antennae collecting minute amounts of chemicals in special receptors that allow them to identify ifrepparttar 127019 other ant is friend or foe.

Incredibly,repparttar 127020 Cremastocheilus beetle can changerepparttar 127021 way it smells. When it is time forrepparttar 127022 female beetle to lay her eggs, she will go to an ant nest and walk up torepparttar 127023 entrance. She then changesrepparttar 127024 way she smells so thatrepparttar 127025 ants will think that she is an ant from that colony.

Once she has passedrepparttar 127026 guards, she makes her way down intorepparttar 127027 ant nest and findsrepparttar 127028 nursery. She then lays her eggs in withrepparttar 127029 ant eggs.

Whenrepparttar 127030 baby beetle hatches, it smells like a baby ant. But, it does not eat what baby ants eat. It eats baby ants! The ants take care of it anyway, because to them it smells right.

Whenrepparttar 127031 baby beetle gets big enough, it will pupate and then become an adult. As an adult, it leavesrepparttar 127032 ant nest to find another adult beetle to mate with. The female will then find another ant nest and startrepparttar 127033 cycle over again.

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