God Protects Trees from Insects (Part 2 of 2)
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we continue to look at how trees defend themselves against insects.
Last time, we pointed out that there are so many insects that feed on trees, we wouldn’t expect there to be any trees left. Today, we’ll look at how trees protect themselves.
Some trees have pockets of gluey fluids that, when opened by insect mandibles, glue the insect’s mouth closed – a very effective way of keeping something from eating you! But most of the insecticides manufactured by trees involve subtle and complex chemistry. One poison fools the insect’s system into thinking that it is an essential amino acid – with fatal results.
Where could such advanced knowledge of chemistry come from? For that matter, could such precise balance – that allows for life but keeps it in control – arise all by itself? As our knowledge of science grows, our appreciation of God’s work of creation only increases!
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.