The Grasshopper’s Cyprus


The Grasshopper’s Cypress

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, see how a grass-like plant called the grasshopper’s cypress can actually practice pest control.

Plants make many kinds of chemicals. However, the chemical production of the grasshopper’s cypress is too specialized to be dismissed as accidental. The grasshopper’s cypress specializes in manufacturing an animal hormone that actually affects insect growth. The chemical, called a juvenoid hormone, is believed to influence insect molting and growth. Scientists found that when young grasshoppers were fed grasshopper’s cypress, they developed abnormally, with twisted wings and underdeveloped eggs.

The grasshopper’s cypress has indeed found an effective way to control insect pests. One scientist tried to dismiss the remarkable chemistry of the grasshopper’s cypress as nothing more than an accident of evolution. However, biochemistry is far too complex a field to leave to chance. That’s why God was personally involved in making all living things.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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