God Protects Trees from Insects (Part 1 of 2)
How do trees defend themselves against insects? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
The number of different kinds of insects in the world seems almost endless. There are millions. The larva of many of these insects feed on trees and bushes at least until they develop into adults. One would think, then, that we wouldn’t have any trees left, since they are so unfairly outnumbered by such hordes.
But we also know from experience that the creation has been designed with careful and intricate balances. In this case, the many different kinds of trees each produce poisons in order to protect themselves from insects. But there is still balance, since insects, too, need to make a living. Not every insecticide produced by a tree is poisonous to every insect. So a tree’s insecticides simply limit the number of insects that can feed on it.
For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: Bernhardt, Peter. 1989. Wily Violets & Underground Orchids: Revelations of a Botanist. pp. 7 9. Photo: Since natural insecticides don’t provide complete protection for trees and plants, manmade insecticides are often applied.