Insects In The Snow (How Do Insects Survive Winter?)

Insects in the Snow

Where do insects go in the cold of winter? You might just be surprised to find out … on today’s Creation Moments Minute.

People who live in cold climates are used to seeing the activity of warm-blooded creatures even in winter. But did you know that many kinds of insects continue to be active in the winter?

How can they survive the winter without freezing? Many insects manufacture either a form of alcohol or glycerol, which is chemically similar to the antifreeze in your car. Eastern tent caterpillars, for example, are very much alive within their cocoons, and by midwinter their body weight is over one third antifreeze.

It seems doubtful that the world before the Flood had winters as we do today. Yet, in His wisdom, God built special provisions into many of His creatures so that they could survive when winter cold as we know it today became a reality.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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Ref: Jo Ellen Tuthill, “The Bugs of Winter,” January/February, Science 83, pp 36-39.

Video credit: What Insects Can Teach Us About Surviving The Bitter Canadian Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn4j90z8FOs

 

Video credit: Eastern Tent Caterpillar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gonTjJFA20U