Cyanide for Breakfast? (Part 2 of 2)
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, find out how a remarkable caterpillar is able to eat the tropical passion vine’s cyanide without harm.
Scientists found out that the caterpillar of the tropical butterfly Heliconius sara has an enzyme that prevents the release of the cyanide in the vine’s leaves. This enzyme changes the cyanide to a harmless sulfur‑based chemical before the leaf’s enzyme can cause the cyanide to be released.
Evolutionists would have us believe that these caterpillars, by trial and error, evolved the ability to neutralize the cyanide. Even if we were to grant the ridiculous idea that caterpillars are smart enough to do this, this explanation still doesn’t work. Any caterpillar that would munch the passion leaves would face instant death without a chance to experiment or reproduce. However, the Creator of all chemistry has once again demonstrated His existence by this obvious and clever relationship.
Ref: Science News, 7/22/00, p. 59, “How butterflies can eat cyanide.”